Dodger blue may be adding a little Red, as in Red Sox that is. ESPN is reporting Boston is working on a deal that would bring first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers. Wow, talk about changing the landscape.
Punto would help fill the gap left by utility infielder Jerry Hairston who underwent season ending hip surgery. And Beckett, although a disappointing 5-11 this season, would probably push Joe Blanton into the bullpen. Blanton is 0-3 since coming over from the Phillies. Crawford is out for the year with an elbow injury but if he comes on board, that means the Dodgers will let Shane Victorino, who becomes a free agent at the end of 2012, walk away.
Both teams have sent a message at warp speed that a new era has begun. It looks like Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is going to win his fight versus what seems to be the entire Red Sox roster. What began with the team moving Kevin Youklis to the White Sox in an effort to rid the Red Sox of dissension in the clubhouse, has become a complete house cleaning. Of course, Valentine could be sent packing at the end of this season so come 2013, Red Sox fans will definitely need a scorecard to know their team. Meanwhile, the charge of electricity the Dodgers created when they obtained shortstop Hanley Ramirez appears to be just a little spark now. The new owners of the Dodgers are indeed looking to become the Yankees West.
Wow, what a year for sports in Los Angeles. The Lakers are looking great on paper and the USC football team is a serious contender for the national championship. And lest we forget, the Kings won the Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Times might need a bigger sports section.