De La Rosa, Sands complete megadeal

October, 4, 2012
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The Red Sox officially acquired right-handed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands from the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing the Aug. 25 trade that sent right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney, infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. and right-handed pitcher Allen Webster, the Sox announced Thursday.

De La Rosa and Sands were widely reported as being part of the deal when it was first reached, with De La Rosa seen as perhaps the biggest catch for the Red Sox. At the time of the trade, one scout told ESPN.com that De La Rosa could be a "top-of-the-rotation" starter if he fully recovers from the Tommy John surgery he had in August 2011.

De La Rosa, 23, tallied an 11-9 record with six saves, a 2.86 ERA, 237 strikeouts and just 187 hits allowed in 233 innings over 59 career minor league appearances (39 starts) in six seasons in the Dodgers system. He earned the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year award in 2010.

After beginning the 2012 season on the disabled list, De La Rosa made one major league appearance for Los Angeles in August and compiled a 1-0 record with a 2.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 13 strikeouts over six minor league outings, including five on rehab, between the rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers, High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga.

The 25-year-old Sands spent most of 2012 with the Dodgers Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate and was named to the Pacific Coast League’s postseason all-star team. This season, he led all Triple-A batters with 107 RBIs and finished third in the PCL with 26 home runs while also tallying 17 doubles, 4 triples, 84 runs scored and 59 walks in 119 games.

To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Guillermo Quiroz was designated for a assignment. Quiroz, 30, was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 4 and appeared in two games for the Red Sox this season, going 0-for-2.

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