Red Sox fans are no strangers to the big names the team is sending to Los Angeles as part of Saturday’s megadeal. Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford have been three of the most high-profile -- and expensive -- acquisitions in team history.
But the Sox look are poised to get five lesser-known players in return as they start to rebuild the team. Here’s a look at some of the players who will mark the next era of Red Sox baseball.
James Loney, 1B
Loney, 28, is the most well-known of the players the Red Sox are getting. He is a free agent at the end of the season, and has never quite lived up to his one-time billing as a highly rated prospect. He’s a line-drive hitter with marginal power, but did drive in 90 runs twice and 88 once. He was hitting .254 with four homers and 33 RBIs when he was yanked from Friday night’s lineup. Red Sox third base coach Jerry Royster instructed Loney early in his career. Dodgers Stadium is a notoriously tough park on hitters, so it’s possible Loney could see a bump in offense in moving to Fenway.
Allen Webster, SP
Webster, 22, is a right-handed pitcher who is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Dodgers’ farm system. Baseball America ranked Webster as the 95th best prospect in baseball before the 2012 season. Webster was the pitcher the Dodgers would not include in the Ryan Dempster deal with the Cubs. He is generally considered the Dodgers’ second-best pitching prospect, and is 6-8 with a 3.55 ERA at Double A Chattanooga.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP
De La Rosa, 23, seems to be the prize of the trade. The righty once threw 100 miles per hour, before blowing out his elbow last year and undergoing Tommy John surgery. When he returned to the Dodgers Aug. 22, he was throwing 96 and still had an outstanding throwing motion. The Red Sox watched him that night. One of the issues with De La Rosa is that he likely cannot be traded at this time. It appears the Sox and Dodgers would have to make a separate deal at the end of the season because he was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays, and then pulled back. Because he did not clear waivers, he will not officially be in this trade.
Jerry Sands, OF/1b
Sands, 24, is a big guy (6 feet 4 inches, 225 pounds), and a righthanded hitter who has put up impressive minor league numbers — 35 home runs one season, and 24 homers with 101 RBIs this season at Triple A Albuquerque — but it’s never translated to the majors. Would a short porch in Fenway bring that out? That’s the hope. The Dodgers projected him as a fourth outfielder who can play some first. They aren’t sweating this loss.
Ivan De Jesus, IF
A righthanded-hitting utility infielder, De Jesus, 25, has never shown great promise after a home plate collision slowed his career path.