Adrian Gonzalez could be on his way out of Boston and headed to L.A.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly claimed the first baseman after the Red Sox placed him on waivers, according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times.
The Red Sox have been one of the biggest disappointments in MLB in 2012. They currently sit at 59-66 and 8.5 games out of the wild card race. Boston could be looking to unload some of their players with large contracts and Gonzalez could probably get them a lot in return.
Of all the potential suitors for Gonzalez, the Dodgers might be the best fit.
The new ownership group is willing to spend money to improve the team, and the Dodgers are just three games behind the Giants in the National League West. They've been in the playoff hunt for the whole year, but might need to bolster their offense in order to make the playoffs. They're 12th in the NL in runs scored.
They would have to part with a few of their pitching prospects to bolster their offense. James Loney and Juan Rivera have done a subpar job splitting time at first base, so there's a good chance L.A. would be willing to trade some young players.
Gonzalez had success in San Diego before being traded to Boston. A trade to the West coast would make sense for both sides.
It is standard procedure for teams to put some of their big stars on waivers, even if they don't have any plans of trading them. The Dodgers, however, are reportedly very interested in the star and could blow the Red Sox away with an offer.
Gonzalez is set to make $127 million over the next six seasons. Boston already has $107 million committed to Carl Crawford and $34 million more committed to Josh Beckett. With the team on the verge of missing the postseason for the third straight year, the Red Sox might feel it's time lower their payroll.
After an MVP-caliber 2011 season, Gonzalez's production has slipped in 2012. He's batting .300 with 86 RBI, but is hitting for considerably less power. His 15 home runs and .469 slugging are his worst since his first full season in 2006.
The Red Sox and Dodgers have 48 hours to work out a trade. Boston could also give him away to Los Angeles, forcing them to pay Gonzalez's entire contract, but that is not likely.
If the two teams can't work out a deal over the weekend, there are rumors that they might re-start trade talks in the offseason.