What started off as a series of rumors earlier in the day has snowballed into a huge deal between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The two teams have agreed to a trade that would send James Loney, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands, Ivan De Jesus, and Rubby De La Rosa to the Sox in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto.

In the words of Suzyn Waldman, "oh my goodness gracious."

The trade will help to clear out a clubhouse that turned sour a year ago in Boston, while they also move over $250 million in contracts in the transaction. To think back to two Aprils ago, when this team was supposed to be World Series favorites, elicits nothing but laughter from me.

As for the Dodgers, I don't quite understand the rationale behind the move. Sure, Gonzalez is good. With that said, Beckett is venomous to any clubhouse, and Crawford has declined since making the move to Boston. They may not have given up a ton in the trade, but it could severely backfire on them in a heartbeat.

Allow me to add the caveat that this is all pending physicals and all of that fun technical stuff. In other words, this will probably be cancelled once we find out that Josh Beckett still hasn't given up the chicken and beer.