Gordon Edes, of ESPN Boston, broke the news via Twitter. He writes:
To repeat: trade would send Adrian Gonzalez,Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to LA.— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) August 24, 2012
This means the Dodgers, who were not cash strapped, have now taken on $263 million in guaranteed salaries. While this will make the team better, it will also make the Dodgers a more attractive team to TV networks looking to make a deal with them.
Red Sox would get RHP Ribby de la Rosa,as PTBNL since he did not clear waivers. Also, 1b James Loney,OF Sands, IF DeJesus, top prospect— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) August 24, 2012
It was already projected that the Dodgers' TV rights could be worth $4 billion, and with the addition of some solid, long-term players, this deal could be worth even more!
So the $2 billion the ownership group paid for the team, and the added guaranteed salaries will take up little more than half of the TV deal alone. Not to mention the spike in ticket sales that will undoubtedly occur and the jersey sales from the slew of new players they have added.
While it may look like they added too many contracts too fast, it was actually a very savvy business deal. Well played Dodgers, well played.