NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox watches his three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
The non-waiver trade deadline came and went without the Boston Red Sox making any type of impact move for the now or future. That doesn't mean the opportunity to make a blockbuster move wasn't there for the taking, but it was the Red Sox who turned down the deal.
In Dan Shaughnessy's latest column for The Boston Globe, Nothing new is going on with the Red Sox, Shaughnessy writes the Los Angeles Dodgers really wanted Red Sox's first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and offered a rebuilding package.
They missed a chance to trade Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers for a bunch of players who could help build for the future in Boston. The Dodgers really wanted Gonzo and I'm thinking the Sox could learn to live without him just as they learned to live without Nick Esasky.
It sounds like the Dodgers were offering a package of their top prospects, presumably right-handed pitchers Zach Lee and Allen Webster. Gonzalez is having a down year at the plate for his standards, entering today with a batting line of .301.345/.443. He's owed $127 million from 2013 through 2018.