10. The Dodgers Become the Yankees of the West
Date: July and August 2012
The Los Angeles Dodgers surprised everyone when they dealt for Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino at the end of July. Little did we know, they had some more tricks up their sleeve. The Dodgers went all Yankees on everybody's ass when they picked up Boston's Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez off waivers a couple days ago. They then worked out a deal and threw Boston outfielder Carl Crawford in for the fuck of it (even though he's out for the season), ultimately picking up about a quarter of a billion dollars in payroll.
Before this blockbuster move, the Dodgers were about three games back of the San Francisco Giants (who've just lost their "best" player in Melky Cabrera to suspension) in the West and about three games out of a Wild Card spot. If Beckett is able to get his game back on track L.A. will have a nice 1-2 punch with him and Clayton Kershaw. Adrian Gonzalez hit a 3-run shot in his first at-bat as a Dodger in an 8-2 win vs. Miami, waisting no time getting acclimated. The Dodgers are going to be dangerous in the month of September.