LOS ANGELES -- Eight months after the Marlins went on a free agent spending free in hopes of improving the roster in sudden and dramatic fashion, the Dodgers have opened their vault by completing a blockbuster deal with the Boston Red Sox that netted Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto. The Dodgers, who gave up James Loney and prospects, agreed to absorb $258 million in contractual obligations to their latest acquisitions.
Gonzalez is in the lineup tonight for the Dodgers.
The Marlins, when they were in the process of performing their makeover, didn't fork out nearly the amount of money the Dodgers have over the past month. But, the idea is similar.
"God bless' em," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "We spent a lot of money. We brought in a lot of names. And look at where we are right now. Hopefully it'll work for them. It didn't work for us."
As Guillen noted: "Money gets you better names. It doesn't guarantee wins. This is not the NBA where you bring in two or three guys and you know you're going to make it. Baseball is different. Baseball is 25 guys."
The Dodgers have added nine new players to their roster since last month. Among the newcomers: former Marlins Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate, along with Shane Victorino, Brandon League and Joe Blanton.
Guillen said he likes the trade from both sides.
"I think it's a great trade for the Dodgers because they think they can win," he said. "God bless the Boston Red Sox GM (Ben Cherington) to make that go through. Money plus players? That's a great trade for them. They can do a lot of things with the money and they have a couple of players for the future."
One of those prospects is pitcher Allen Webster, who was rated by Baseball America at the start of the year as the second-best prospect in the Dodgers farm system. Third on that list was Nathan Eovaldi, the pitcher the Marlins acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for Ramirez and Choate. Eovaldi took the loss on Friday.
According to a source, the Marlins asked about Webster when they were discussing the Ramirez deal, but the Dodgers refused to talk about him, and the Marlins eventually settled on Eovaldi.
Guillen termed last night's double-blunder, a pair of errors on the same play that allowed three Dodgers runs to score, as an "embarrassment." The Dodgers scored three runs on Luis Cruz's 40-foot dribbler. Third baseman Greg Dobbs barehanded the ball, but threw it away, which enabled two runs to score. Giancarlo Stanton, who backed up on the play, then threw wildly past third, which allowed Cruz to score, as well.
"My reaction? Marlins baseball," Guillen said. "Errors are a part of the game. But everyone was in the wrong position. This is the big leagues. We should know where we should be. The pitcher has got to be behind third base. The left fielder has got to be behind third base. Reyes should be the cutoff man. Mental errors are the worst thing. We play lousy, and on top of that we make mental errors. Everybody out there is not a kid. They should know how to play."
Rookie catcher Rob Brantly had a pair of hits on Friday, including a double off the wall that just missed being a home run by a few feet. But Guillen said fans need to be patient with Brantly and to be prepared for mistakes.
"The kid is very not ready to be here," Guillen said. "This kid has a chance to be a good player. He brings a lot of enthusiasm. He wants to learn But we have to be careful with him. I don't think people in Miami should be (overly) excited. I might get in trouble for this, but it's true. We have to be patient. This kid has a chance to be a special kid. He's got a passion for the game. Is this going to be good. He's going to be better -- a lot better. He's very raw right now."
Marlins: 1. Gorkys Hernandez, cf; 2. Donovan Solano, 2b; 3. Jose Reyes, ss; 4. Carlos Lee, 1b; 5. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 6. Justin Ruggiano, lf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Donie Murphy, 3b; 9. Josh Johnson, p.
Dodgers: 1. Mark Ellis, 2b; 2. Luis Cruz, 3b; 3. Matt Kemp, cf; 4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b; 5. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 6. Andre Ethier, rf; 7. Juan Rivera, lf; 8. A.J. Ellis, c; 9. Clayton Kershaw, p.