..and Cleveland, sort of. But no one could have ever done more to help a Yankee rival than the Dodgers did last night. As I’m sure you know, the Dodgers and Red Sox made a blockbuster deal that effectively has given the Sox a get out of payroll jail free pass and granted them absolution for all of Theo’s latter day payroll sins. LA receives the very talented but under performing and unhappy Adrian Gonzalez and the remaining 5 years of his deal, along with the dead weight overpriced deals of Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. That’s not enough? Fine, we’ll toss in 3 of our top 6 prospects and a backup infielder to boot. When the Sox traded for Beckett, they had to take what appeared to be a bad deal in Mike Lowell. The Dodgers are taking two bad deals AND giving up top talent. Ben Cherington gets GM of the year for this, I don’t care what happens next. He’s set up to spend big this off season AND has some interesting prospects either bring up in the coming years or to package for other needs. Brian Cashman’s job to stay stop the AL East within the constrictions of the 2014 189M mandate just got that much harder.
Here’s what ESPN’s Buster Olney has gathered as the consensus reaction to the deal:
Overwhelming first responses I have heard from rival execs about the deal: terrible value for the Dodgers, huge overpay in dollars, prospect
Think they’ll take A-Rod? Here’s your lineups from Yankee PR:
On the mound, the best pitcher in the rotation all season, Mr. Hiroki Kuroda.
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