Red Sox, Dodgers appear set to pull off blockbuster

In a developing story, the Boston Red Sox appear set to deal Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for considerations that have not yet been made public.

The deal, should it be consummated, would represent the final step in the dismantling of a Boston team that missed out on the playoffs by the narrowest of margins last year but has underperformed so far in 2012. Earlier in the year, the team traded fan-favorite Kevin Youkilis in what was widely perceived as an attempt to settle the tensions between the Red Sox players and manager Bobby Valentine, although those tensions have hardly evaporated. However, this move, which would allow them to unload their top three earners in terms of salary (they combined to make about $60 million this year alone), represents a clear waving of the white flag.

For the Dodgers, meanwhile, the potential transaction serves as further evidence of the team’s renewed commitment to spending seemingly unlimited amounts of money under its new ownership. In 2012 alone, the Dodgers have already acquired high-salaried players like Hanley Ramirez and Brandon League, and recently made a play for Cliff Lee over the waiver wire. Thanks in part to these efforts, the Dodgers currently sit just 1.5 games out of the final wild card slot in the NL.

As of 6:20 p.m. ET on Friday evening, the status of the trade was uncertain.

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