I‘m a broke record. A broke record. You got my heart -heart skip skip skipping a beat, when the needle‘s through, I hit hit repeat – Eric Church
This off-season has indeed seemed like a broken record, a recycling of rumors new and old regarding the Dodgers, and if and whom they might make a trade for.
But, dare we think that there might actually be something to look forward to in the trade department soon?
The beginning of the week saw reporters saying that the Red Sox were very much in talks with both the Dodgers and the Padres, and for a split second there, it seemed as if the Padres had the inside track. ￼
But in the last two days, consensus amongst beat writers is that the Dodgers are close to finally pulling this deal off. I know most would take any rumors with a grain of salt until the teams actually confirm it, but some, like Buster Olney of ESPN are putting their reputation on the line and making some bold predictions-
Today on Boston radio WEEI, Olney today said that he would bet the family farm in Vermont that Betts will be a Dodger by spring training. Yesterday, he replied to a tweeter that he would put the chance of Betts being traded to Los Angeles at 8.5.
Those are some pretty nice odd if you’re a Dodger fan and would like to see Betts in Dodger Blue.
As for Verdugo, even with his injury history, he has a big upside and he’s a much more inexpensive option for a team looking to shed payroll. He’s not arb-eligible until 2022, nor a potential free agent until 2025. Since it’s only one year of Betts, the price may not be as high. They may be able to grab him for Verdugo and some lower-level prospects not named Gavin Lux or Dustin May.
At any rate, we still sit and wait to see what actually happens. Something does seem imminent for the amount of chatter surrounding the trade.