Dodgers, Red Sox Mookie Betts Trade A Done Deal?
Is the Dodgers, Red Sox Mookie Betts trade a done deal?
Los Angeles and Boston have been discussing a potential swap centered around Betts for what feels like months.
Now it seems as though the outfielder is closer than ever to getting dealt.
According to The Athletic MLB insider Andy McCullough, talks between the two organizations have evolved past the preliminary stage.
Boston is reportedly interested in the cash and talent that the Dodgers bring to the table, and the latter group’s president of baseball ops Andrew Friedman desperately wants to add a splashy name this offseason.
It seems like a win-win for both clubs.
Los Angeles came into the offseason looking to sign Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon, but ultimately got spurned by both men.
Worth repeating, as LAD talk with BOS about a possible megadeal: The most significant $ obligation they have in baseball ops is likely to Andrew Friedman, who just signed his new deal. The most they owe any individual player is Kershaw ($46m). Tons of payroll flexibility.
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With the only other viable star on the market, Nolan Arenado, not getting dealt to a divisional rival, Betts is pretty much all that is left for the Dodgers if they want to make a move.
In order to ensure that the Betts deal happens, Los Angeles can agree to accept David Price and his $96 million deal over the next three seasons.
If the Dodgers want to avoid giving up Gavin Lux and Dustin May, then accepting Price might be the path they choose.
Will a deal between these two teams ultimately get done? It is impossible to say for certain.
But there is definitely a lot more momentum now than there has been at any point leading up to this stage.