In what is an unusual move after the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers put together a massive deal that sends Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers. In exchange, the Red Sox will receive first baseman James Loney, right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, outfielder Jerry Sands, infielder Ivan DeJesus and pitching prospect Allen Webster. As always, I will focus solely on the two prospects in the deal, DeJesus and Webster.
DeJesus has spent some time in the big leagues, posting a cumulative .231/.282/.277 line in 72 plate appearances. There’s nothing that stands out with DeJesus’ game but he has the potential to be a solid big league utility player. He’s stretched defensively as a shortstop but can hold his own at second and third base with good hands and footwork and a strong arm. Offensively, his best asset is his approach. He can make contact at a reasonable rate but lacks the power to drive the ball.
Webster is the far better prospect in the trade. Webster ranked second in my pre-season Dodgers Top 15 prospect rankings and his full scouting report can be found here. Though he has struggled at various points this year, including a trip to the bullpen to get things in order, Webster still has the potential to sit in the middle of a big league rotation. He features a heavy 93-95 mph fastball that can be difficult to drive, resulting in a lot of ground balls. His change-up is a legitimate plus second pitch and his slider flashes as a fringe-average pitch. He works down the mound well and has good leverage on all of his pitches. With success in Double-A this year, Webster could see time in the big leagues in 2013.
It currently looks like these are the only two prospects in this deal, but if more are included I will update the piece accordingly.