The Red Sox and Dodgers are “deep into talks” about an arrangement including 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, as per ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Olney reports that the different sides have discussed conceivable exchange mixes for Betts with and without likewise including previous Cy Young Award champ David Price.
The 27-year-old Betts will be qualified with the expectation of complimentary office after the 2020 season and the Red Sox presently can’t seem to sign their star outfielder to a long haul bargain.
On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci detailed the trouble a few groups are having in assessing the long haul estimation of Betts, “whose historical uniqueness is astonishing.”
“At least one team recently undertook just such an internal study of Betts,” Verducci revealed. “Nothing relevant came back. Betts is a terrific baserunner, a defensive wizard and a rock of dependability… At this age, Betts is the greatest small power hitter since Mel Ott, who was born in 1909.”
Betts’ anticipated presentation at his $27 million compensation for 2020 is one of the principle reasons why groups would go separate ways with possibilities in return for only one year of Betts, as indicated by Verducci.
“Mookie Betts is one of the five best players in the game,” an associate GM told Verducci.“When you have an opportunity to add a star player for one year, any team could use that kind of player… This is the kind of player you rarely get to acquire. He’s why you consider trading prospects.”
The Dodgers highlight an appealing scope of youthful players, including outfielder Alex Verdugo, infielder Gavin Lux and pitcher Dustin May. Los Angeles, in any case, isn’t the main NL West group that appears to be keen on securing Betts.
Prior this week, The San Diego Union-Tribune detailed that the Padres “willing to send two young major leaguers and at least one prospect” to Boston with outfielder Wil Myers in return for Betts. All together for the Friars to take on Betts’ $27 million compensation for a one-year rental, the club needs the Red Sox to “come up significantly in the portion of Myers’ contract they are willing to pay.”
Various individuals inside the Padres association told the Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee that procuring Betts is “only marginally possible” because of the Dodgers’ enthusiasm for the outfielder and the battles over Myers’ agreement with the Red Sox. While Betts could leave after one season, they would definitely improve the Padres’ odds of making their first postseason since 2006.
The Dodgers, nonetheless, appear as though they in a superior situation to take on Betts’ pay and have a profound homestead arrangement of significant level possibilities to conceivably exchange.
Adversary officials believe it’s unavoidable that the group will exchange Betts before the July 31 cutoff time, as per Olney. In any case, it’s less sure that an arrangement will complete before the beginning of the normal season.
“I think it’s probably not going to happen, just because most deals this big don’t get done,” a similar aide GM told Verducci. “And Boston doesn’t have to move him. They can wait until July if they don’t get what they want.”
Betts completed last season hitting .295/.391/.524 with 29 homers and 80 RBI. They was named American League MVP in 2018 subsequent to driving Major League Baseball with a .346 batting normal and 129 runs.