When the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Hanley Ramirez before the trade deadline expired this season, many people saw the offensive potential in a lineup that already consisted of names like Matt Kemp and Andre Either. But in a surprising move, the Dodgers got lot better on both sides of the ball after they claimed Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett off waivers last night and eventually worked out a deal with the Red Sox that brought those two, as well as Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles in exchange for James Loney and a package of prospects that includes infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr., right hander Allen Webster, and two players to be named later.
With the Red Sox clearly planning for the future, the team was able to shed approximately $270 million in payroll. Predictably, their plan is to get aggressive this upcoming off-season and push the franchise in the direction that new GM Ben Cherington sees fit. As of right now, it's difficult to pinpoint who exactly ended up on the better end of this deal but it's clear that it is championship or bust now for the Dodgers.