On December 6, 2010 — The Red Sox complete their deal for Adrian Gonzalez by sending minor league right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes, and a player to be named to San Diego for the All-Star first baseman. The left-handed slugger, who is expected to take advantage of the Green Monster’s proximity to home plate, is entering the last year of his contract, and the deal does not include a contract extension to stay in Boston.

After a stellar 2011, Gonzalez will be traded in late August 2012, when the Red Sox completed one of the most massive trades in MLB history in terms of the number of players, impact, and certainly in dollars. The Red Sox sent Adrián González, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in return for James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands, and Iván De Jesús. The Dodgers agreed to cover $258 million of the $270 million owed to the players they received.

To be fair, Gonzalez was most likely only part of this trade so the team could trade both Crawford and Becket. Gonzalez will lead the NL in RBI’s and be an MVP Candidate in 2014 and be a very consistent player on a contending team through 2016.

Rizzo, after a slow start in 2011 and 2013 will develop into an All-Star and MVP Candidate. At just 29 years old he has 211 career home runs and was a key figure in helping the Cubs win their first World Title since 1908, in 2016. Rizzo batted .360 in the world series for the Cubs.

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