Roche: Blockbuster Trade Offers Red Sox Fresh Start

August 25, 2012 12:00 AM
Roche: Blockbuster Trade Offers Red Sox Fresh Start
" BOSTON (CBS) – Stunning.

When I first read the tweet from my esteemed colleague Gordon Edes regarding the Red Sox-Dodgers potential blockbuster trade, I laughed. It’s August, a time when you rarely see any deal more than “Veteran Player X for a ‘player to be named later.’”

But this one has three superstars involved. Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett, all in the same deal.

Even more surprising is that most — if not all — of their remaining $270-million in contract money is expected to be picked up by Los Angeles?

No way.

When you first see the names involved, you sit there and ask “why?” Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .300 with 15 HR and 86 RBI. Those are good numbers to go with his Gold Glove at first base. Carl Crawford seemed to be getting comfortable in a Red Sox uniform (.282, 3 HR 19 RBI) before he ended his season by undergoing Tommy John surgery. And Josh Beckett, although struggling this season, has won an awful lot of big games in a Red Sox uniform.

However, if you are Ben Cherington and ownership you almost had to do this deal "

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