It’s a brand new year and a brand new decade, but the same old rumors keep swirling around the Dodgers. Water, wet. Sky, blue. Grass, green. Dodgers rumored to be in on big names.
We’ve all heard that the Dodgers are talking to both the Cleveland Indians about Francisco Lindor, and that they are talking to the Boston Red Sox about Mookie Betts. Jon Morosi tonight has stated that the talks with the Indians have stalled and that the talks with the Red Sox are picking up steam.
On paper, at least, the trade with the Red Sox makes more sense. Betts gives them the dynamic right handed bat that the lineup needs. There is more room in the outfield than there is the infield, and less shuffling and disruption would be needed. Starting pitcher David Price is also rumored to be part of the deal, and he comes with a hefty contract.
Combined with the fact that Betts will be basically be a rental, as he will be testing the free agent market after the end of next season, the Dodgers wouldn’t have to give up nearly as many prospects and/or major league ready players to make the deal happen. Sounds like a win-win proposition to me. The Red Sox get to get rid of a big chunk of their payroll, and the Dodgers get their bat and a dynamic player, plus a pitcher that can fill in most of the innings left vacant by the departures of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill. They also get to keep their prized prospects, namely Gavin Lux.
As an aside, I know we’ve been through all the reasons why this team needs to make a trade or big signing. All the big free agents are gone now, so the trade market is all that’s left. I think that the last thing the team needs is to head into Spring Training with the same old questions from the last few seasons still hanging over their heads. I think at this point, that would almost be worse than the World Series hangover that prevailed in the beginning of the 2018 season. How much better would it be, if Clayton Kershaw is asked, “Hey, how do you feel about these fabulous new additions?” as opposed to “the front office said that there would be a big overhaul this off-season. There wasn’t and you’re still heading into the next season not having bettered the team that couldn’t make it beyond the NLDS last year?” A feeling of positivity and looking forward and not the constant looking back would do this team a world of good.
Regardless, I’m done with that also. We all know what the team needs, and rehashing rumors and the last few seasons does no one any good. I won’t be writing about that perspective from now on. Just positivity from now on.
The Dodgers will make a big trade. The Dodgers will make a big trade. The Dodgers will make a big trade…