According to a major league source with direct knowledge of the negotiations, a blockbuster trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers -- while not "100 percent official," is nearly done. The deal would send Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney and four prospects -- right-handers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, outfielder Jerry Sands and infielder Ivan De Jesus.
The Red Sox are expected to send some money -- said by one source to be "very close" to $10 million -- to the Dodgers to help cover the remaining $271 million (approximately) remaining on the contracts of the four players going to Los Angeles.
For details of the players in the trade (including a breakdown of the prospects coming from the Dodgers), click here. For a look at the dramatic reshaping of the Red Sox payroll resulting from the deal, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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