Originally Posted by Slopho
For this to work wouldn't all players have to pass through waivers?? If I'm the Giants, why would I let this happen?
I think this was the perfect storm situation. BoSox wanted to do it to shed salary. Dodgers have cash galore and want to make an impact, specifically Gonzalez....huge upgrade over Loney's sorry ass. With Beckett you get a 4-5 starter. He'll eat up innings plus over the past few years, on average AL starts going to NL lower their era by half a run. That's make him a serviceable 4-5 going by what they have now. With a change of scenery from that Boston clusterfuck, who knows. Granted he most likely won't revert to vintage Beckett, but I see potential for a number 3 starter and most likely a 4-5 guy. Crawford is supposed to be back by spring training next year according to the Dodgers. Tommy John isn't as long a recovery for non pitchers. He was hitting .282 this year and a change in scenery should do him good. He wasn't meant for Boston. As a defensive guy with range, LF at Fenway worked against him and as a spray hitter, the short porch hurt him as well. Guys can bounce back from one bad year as Kemp did. I can see him bouncing back and becoming his old self. But if he doesn't, we have Puig for next year who is looking great, we've invested heavily in him, and he looks legit. Crawford doesn't come back strong, Dodgers can dump him on someone for cheap (wont get much in return and probably eat contract). If he does come back strong, either him or Puig/Ethier are huge trade bait chips. Either way the Dodgers are stronger and when it comes to payroll, there is money in LA. Gonzalez was the main reason we did this.
As for waivers, sure the Giants or anyone could step in and claim any of these guys. But why would they? To stop the Dodgers from getting better? Risky move. Giants make a waiver claim for Beckett or Crawford and they get saddled with that contract and the Dodgers say, "Go ahead, now your out of money and can't do shit. We'll do something else now." The deal may still go through without that guy in some other form. They make a claim for Gonzalez and the BoSox take back the claim, or they get him but they can't do anything else for years. It was the perfect situation in that other teams couldn't take the risk in trying to stifle the deal because if they did so, they could end up mortgaging their future trying to block another team. The Dodgers were the only team with the cash willing to make the move.