L.A.'s vision behind the Red Sox trade 

August, 26, 2012
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Adrian Gonzalez AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillFor the Dodgers, getting Adrian Gonzalez helps them win now and buys time for their farm system.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Within the sport, the criticism of the Dodgers' trade with the Boston Red Sox is very strong. It's as if this is Major League Baseball's version of the infamous Herschel Walker deal, which transformed the Dallas Cowboys franchise into a powerhouse.

A Los Angeles Dodgers official listened Saturday as that negative appraisal of his team's trade was relayed, a few hours before Adrian Gonzalez made his explosive debut for L.A. with a three-run homer on his first swing.