So it’s only fitting that on the anniversary of the blockbuster trade, the Red Sox and Dodgers would tango in Hollywood.
Both are first place teams with their eye on the ultimate prize in October, and a lot of that has to do with their late-summer swap last August.
When the Red Sox sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto out West, they not only shed over $250 million in payroll but basically hit the reset button on the franchise. With one of the worst seasons in franchise history slowly (and painfully) drawing to a close, Ben Cherington cast off some of the personalities that many felt contributed to the fractured clubhouse that plagued the Sox at the end of 2011 and throughout 2012, opening the door for a makeover for 2013.
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The salary relief led to the signings of Ryan Dempster, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino – not big names by any means but good clubhouse guys – to short-term contracts "
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