BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 24: Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox chats with Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox before a game with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on August 24, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It is, at time of writing, 2:40 AM EST, about nine hours since news of this massive trade first broke, and everything seems to be going smoothly.
When last we checked in, the teams were essentially in agreement on the specifics of the deal: Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and some unrevealed amount of cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Jerry Sands, Ivan DeJesus, and James Loney.
What was not certain was whether the details would pass muster. Now it seems like we're almost there. According to Jon Heyman, both Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford have agreed to waive their no-trade clauses to allow themselves to be traded to the Dodgers. All that remains, he says, is Josh Beckett's physical.
It's a bit of a concerning hurdle to come up last, given that Beckett hasn't always had the best conditioning and has dealt with injuries often enough in the past. Still, if it's just a routine medical, then Beckett or the team would have to have specifically overlooked or been hiding an injury.
[Insert joke about Red Sox medical staff here!]
Heyman says the deal might linger until Sunday if the process for Beckett's physical goes slowly. While there's not much that's likely to change in that period of time, it is just more opportunity for something to go catastrophically wrong, which is annoying if not terribly significant.
Still, it seems like this is about to happen. It's a whole new Red Sox team from here.