Report: Sox preparing roster moves in anticipation of deal

Report: Sox preparing roster moves in anticipation of deal
August 25, 2012, 3:51 pm
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In anticipation of their megadeal with the Dodgers being finalized today, the Red Sox have summoned shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin from Pawtucket to take two of the three roster spots that will be opened when Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto are officially traded to Los Angeles. (Carl Crawford, who is also going west in the trade, is on the disabled list.)

The news was reported by Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Abraham said the third roster spot is being held for first baseman James Loney, who is being traded to Boston and is expected to join the Sox on Sunday.

The proposed trade was confirmed by Red Sox chairman Tom Werner on Saturday morning, who told ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes:

"Hopefully this deal will go through Saturday. If it falls into place, the deal sheds us from tens of millions of dollars of long-term commitments. It gets us great prospects who will improve our major league roster as soon as next year. It brings us a player in James Loney who was 'untouchable' a couple of years ago. It allows us to start over with free agents. We want to win for our fans and we now have huge financial flexibility to improve the team."