Boston Red Sox All-Star Mookie Betts is among the biggest names surfacing in the MLB rumor mill, and an NL club appears to be keen on acquiring him.
According to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the San Diego Padres have talked to the Red Sox about a possible trade for the 2018 AL MVP. Sources told Lin that discussions “have focused on” the Padres sending Wil Myers and prospects in a trade for Betts.
That said, the expectation is that Betts will remain with Boston at the start of the season, according to Lin’s report. But the Padres have good reason to pursue Betts, and the Red Sox will surely listen to any good offer.
Red Sox ownership has consistently stated their desire to cut back on payroll this year, and Betts is entering the final season of club control. He’s slated to hit free agency next winter, and Betts should land a contract of $300 million-plus.
That’s why a long-term future in Boston seems unlikely for Betts, unless ownership can find other ways to slash payroll. Given their long-term commitments to ageing veterans, however, that seems unlikely.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were previously linked to the Betts sweepstakes, and reports have suggested that the Red Sox would like to attach David Price (three years, $96 million remaining on his deal) in a potential trade for their All-Star slugger.
Boston won the World Series in 2018, defeating the Dodgers in five games. But they regressed to 84 wins in 2019, missing the playoffs and finishing a disappointing third in the AL East.
The Red Sox fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski before the end of the regular season. They also parted ways with manager Alex Cora last week, following MLB’s investigation that found he was heavily involved in the Houston Astros’ sign stealing scandal. Now, we wait and see if their franchise star will depart before opening day as well.
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