L.A.'s vision behind the Red Sox trade

Updated: August 26, 2012, 2:11 PM ET
By Buster Olney

SAN FRANCISCO -- Within the sport, the criticism of the Dodgers' trade with the Boston Red Sox is very strong. It's as if this is Major League Baseball's version of the infamous Herschel Walker deal, which transformed the Dallas Cowboys franchise into a powerhouse.

A Los Angeles Dodgers official listened Saturday as that negative appraisal of his team's trade was relayed, a few hours before Adrian Gonzalez made his explosive debut for L.A. with a three-run homer on his first swing.

"Look, it's hard to get really good players like these, and sometimes you have to stretch," the official said. "And one thing that I think is important to remember is that while we are doing this, we are being as aggressive in [rebuilding] the farm system."

From the Dodgers' perspective, this deal buys time. Frank McCourt cut back on player development dramatically, turning the Dodgers into a non-player in the international market, so as they discussed trades and considered options this summer, they really had no internal options.

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