Dodgers awarded waiver claim for Gonzalez

Dodgers awarded waiver claim for Gonzalez
August 24, 2012, 6:57 pm
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One day after news broke that the Red Sox had placed Adrian Gonzalez on trade waivers, multiple reports have the Dodgers being awarded a waiver claim for him.

The Dodgers reportedly had interest in Gonzalez at the MLB trade deadline, but the Red Sox weren't willing to do a deal at that time.

Now, the Sox have three options within 48 hours:

1. They can pull Gonzalez off waivers and go about business as usual with the team.

2. They can say bye to Gonzalez and let him and his entire contract go to Los Angeles.

3. They can try to work out a trade with the Dodgers for him.

The 30-year-old Gonzalez is hitting .300 this year with 15 home runs and 86 RBI in 123 games -- a down year by his standards. He's also got over 125 million left over six seasons.

The Red Sox may have just been gauging the market for Gonzalez by placing him on trade waivers, with the idea of trading him over the offseason, or perhaps they're looking to rebuild much sooner than anybody thought.

Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times was first to report on this.

Sean McAdam will have much more.