Dodgers Awarded Waiver Claim of Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez

Aug 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (28) singles to center during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been awarded the waiver claim on Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:

The Red Sox exposed Gonzalez to trade waivers earlier this week. The Dodgers showed interest in Gonzalez this summer as they try to find a solution for their issues at first base.

Given Gonzalez’s un-Gonzalez-like performance this season and the $127 million remaining on his contract beyond the 2012 season, the 30-year-old was certainly a candidate to go unclaimed, which would have allowed the Red Sox to discuss a trade involving Gonzalez with any team.

However, since the Dodgers put in a claim, Boston now has three options; they can pull Gonzalez back and retain him, they can ship him and his massive contract to LA with the Dodgers picking up the remainder of his tab, or they can work out a trade with the Dodgers.

If they are truly interested in trading him, it would seem to make sense for the Red Sox to hold onto Gonzalez until the off-season when there will be a market for him beyond the Dodgers. However, if the Red Sox want to be rid of A-Gon and LA offers an attractive deal, who knows?

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