Reports: Dodgers close to obtaining Beckett, Gonzalez, Crawford, Punto

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 30: Starting pitcher Josh Beckett #19 (L) of the Boston Red Sox pauses on the mound for a coaching visit after giving up an RBI double to John Jaso of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez #28 looks on. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Various reputable reporters -- including Gordon Edes and Jon Paul Morosi -- are reporting on Twitter that the Los Angeles Dodgers, who put in the prevailing waiver claim for Adrian Gonzalez today -- are "close" to a deal that would send Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto, along with cash, to the Dodgers.

Gonzalez is in the first year of a 7 year, $154 million deal which paid him a $6 million signing bonus and will pay him $21 million per year through 2016, and then $21.5 million in 2017 and 2018.

Crawford is in the second year of a 7 year, $142 million deal that pays him $102.5 million from 2013-2017.

Beckett is in the second year of a 4 year, $68 million deal that pays him $15.75 million in 2013 and 2014.

If you're wondering why Boston might do this deal, read the previous three paragraphs. Crawford and Beckett, in particular, are under bad deals that Boston would love to unload.

If you're wondering why Los Angeles might do this deal, well, they have new owners and want to show they aren't afraid to spend money, I guess.

More on this as it develops...

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