According to Jon Heyman on Twitter, Carl Crawford has approved the trade to the Dodgers (he had a few teams on a no-trade list in his contract, and they were one of them), and Beckett has also agreed to the trade. Apparently all that's left is Beckett's physical.
Damn. Once this goes through, the Red Sox payroll will drop to like $45 million, I think. Or that might be next year's payroll (not including any deals between now and then).
I just hope they don't immediately blow all that extra space on bad contracts again. They need to go back to building up their farm system and developing talent from the ground up.
As for Valentine, he won't be here in three years. He might
stick around next year if the Sox think they have a shot at getting John Farrell after his deal ends with the Blue Jays, but otherwise all bets are off.
And I'm not sure that the Red Sox will want to give Ellsbury a Craword-type deal even with their new flexibility. They've got Jackie Bradley, Jr. waiting in the wings, and all indications are that he's going to be excellent.