Sox, Dodgers closing in on blockbuster

August, 24, 2012
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The Dodgers and Red Sox are closing in on a deal to send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, though a few hurdles remain before it's official, multiple baseball sources said Friday.

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If the potential deal to send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers goes through, do you like it?

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Giving up Gonzalez would be a shocking change of direction for the Red Sox, who in December 2010 traded two of their top prospects -- first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Casey Kelly -- to acquire Gonzalez, then signed him to a seven-year, $154 million extension in April 2011.

But with the Red Sox essentially out of contention for a playoff spot and the Dodgers under new ownership, Los Angeles is aggressively making a strong bid to bolster its chances for this season and the future.

Beckett, a 10-and-5 player, has the right to refuse to go to L.A.

If this deal happens for the Red Sox, does it signal a serious rebuilding? Or does it send a positive message and get rid of a lot of bad contracts? Share your thoughts in the poll above.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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