Well, it happened. The Red Sox plan to place Adrian Gonzalez on waivers and trade him actually worked. According to multiple people, the deal is done. (The Boston Herald is also reporting the deal has been completed.) The Red Sox have dumped Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto and their salaries in exchange for James Loney and four minor-leaguers.
Gonzalez was traded to the Red Sox after the 2010 season. In 2011, Gonzalez had career highs in hits, RBIs, OBP and won his third Gold Glove. His numbers have taken a dip this season. Gonzalez is set to make $21 million a year through 2018.
Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox before the 2011 season and has underperformed in Boston. Josh Beckett once drank beer in the clubhouse. Nick Punto is Nick Punto.