It doesn't look as though we're going to see official confirmation of the Red Sox-Dodger blockbuster tonight, although something's certainly coming down the pipe. Players are already being scratched from games, sent to the minors in order to acquire PTBNL eligibility and having their posters taken down at Fenway Park, so the completion of this trade is little more than a formality at this point.
Still, it's not officially done quite yet. Let's see where things stand at the moment.
The Red Sox have apparently agreed to send first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left fielder Carl Crawford, utility infielder Nick Punto and starting pitcher Josh Beckett as well as an unspecified amount of cash to the Dodgers. It'll need to be a substantial amount of money: That quartet comes with a $275 million financial commitment (Nick Punto wishes they'd just average it out between them).
Current indications are that the return will net a package headlined by pitchers Allen Webster and Rubby de la Rosa, with shortstop Ivan de Jesus, first baseman James Loney and outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands also heading to Boston.
Supposedly all that remains is some crossing of the ts and dotting of the is -- there are medicals to be had, no-trade clauses to be worked out and approval from the commisioner's office to be gained, but nothing's expected to derail this deal. The trade looks like it'll be officially completed this weekend.