The Dodgers had targeted Adrian Gonzalez ever since the team was purchased by their new owners in May. They viewed him as a perfect fit for their franchise, and kept approaching Boston on a potential deal. Until last week, the Red Sox were reluctant to give up the slugging first baseman, but with the playoffs in doubt and owners wanted financial flexibility, LA was able to get their man.
“He’s a great player and people had seen him be a great player for years in San Diego,” said Shaikin. “Maybe things happened in Boston and things went a little sour — he didn’t do what he thought he should do, and the team didn’t do what it thought it should do "
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