Season recap: Adrian Gonzalez was a major factor in the Dodgers remarkable turnaround from being in last place in the NL West in late June to winning the division title less than three months later. Gonzalez hit .293 on the season with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, as well as was named an NL All-Star.
Red Sox ties: Gonzalez was supposed to be the cornerstone of a Red Sox dynasty, signing a gigantic seven-year, $154 million contract before the 2011 season. He was well worth the money in first year, hitting .338 with 27 home runs and 117 RBIs, but tapered off in the latter two months of the year, being a key factor in the major Red Sox collapse of 2011. He put up pretty good numbers in 2012, but was the center of rumors that he didn’t like being in Boston and was bad for the clubhouse; he was traded to Los Angeles in the August megadeal that also included Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett.