By Jeff Louderback
Thank you, once again, Los Angeles Dodgers.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that the Boston Red Sox will make an annual payment of $3.9 million to the Dodgers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to complete last summer’s trade that sent the cumbersome contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto, to LA for the payroll relief and prospects Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus.
As part of the trade, the Dodgers will cover $250.8 million in salaries from the players they received while the Red Sox are responsible for just $11.7 million split over the three years.
Not only did the transaction give Boston payroll flexibility for building their roster for 2013, but it will also help for upcoming seasons, especially since only Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz are signed beyond 2014.