The Los Angeles Dodgers are a pretty interesting franchise, everybody. A couple hours after it leaked the Dodgers were awarded the waiver claim of Adrian Gonzalez, it's come out the Dodgers were also awarded the waiver claim of Josh Beckett.
The Dodgers are, quite clearly, up to something.
Josh Beckett was something of a rumor around the trade deadline, but it was hard to imagine the Red Sox paying Beckett to pitch for another team. That is, Beckett is still owed more than $32 million, and the Red Sox would likely have to pitch in a substantial amount of money to get another team to agree to a trade.
Instead, it's quite possible the Red Sox would just let him go. Here's the contract, Los Angeles, and we'll reinvest elsewhere.
But why would the Dodgers take that risk for a player with an ERA over 5.00 in two out of the last three years? They aren't that desperate for pitching -- they recently acquired Joe Blanton in a waiver deal, and he's not that different from Beckett, at least this season.
Unless they're working on something insane.
Blockbuster: red Sox, Dodgers working on deal that would send AGon, Crawford, Beckett and Punto to LA. Hurdles remain, but closing in— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) August 24, 2012
That'll qualify. Really, this sounds insane, but what reason would the Dodgers have for claiming Josh Beckett if it wasn't part of a larger deal? The Dodgers haven't been shy about their intention to spend. An Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett deal ... yeah, that would qualify as spending. Hell, throw John Lackey on there too.