Latest on Mookie Betts Trade Rumors

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Im a broke record. A broke record. You got my heart -heart skip skip skipping a beat, when the needles 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.

First it was Francisco Lindor, then Mookie Betts and then Nolan Arenado. Now, it seems that there is some real smoke to the Betts trade rumors.

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.

Some other not quite as substantiated rumors are if whether David Price would be involved, and if Alex Verdugo would be one of the trade pieces sent to Boston.

According to his projected WAR, Price would slide into the rotation after Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw. But again, it’s very uncertain if Price would actually be involved.

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.

Stay tuned.

 

34 thoughts on “Latest on Mookie Betts Trade Rumors

      1. I’m thinking if we take on that salary dump the cost would go down. I’m also reading the outfielder being mentioned is Verdugo and if that’s the case no Price. Verdugo, Maeda and Ruiz is a lot to offer for one year of anybody. Verdugo projects as a 3 WAR player, no doubt more as a starter and full time player, Maeda projects 137 innings of 1.2 WHIP, and Ruiz is a top prospect. That’s plenty.

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      2. As far as I’m concerned, Verdugo, Maeda, Ruiz is too much for one year of Betts. I would be OK with Joc instead of Verdugo but that probably adds too much salary if no Price involved in the deal. Guess we’ll just have to wait to see what they come up with, and that includes Preller who might just zoom in and steal Betts out from under us.

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  1. The Carrabis tweet above peaked my interest. If the Dodgers don’t really want Price but the Angels could really use him, maybe there’s a chance to pull off a 3-way trade.

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      1. Because Price actually pitched pretty well when he wasn’t hurt last year and they’re desperate for pitching. Would all depend on what the Angels would have to give up and/or get in return besides Price, for example a good prospect or cash or be able to dump a bad contract.

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  2. MLB.com says that the Pads and Sox have the pieces in place, but the hang up seems to be the Pads insistence that Myers go to Boston. How much of his salary the Pads are willing to pay seems to be the biggest problem. But the Dodgers are still engaged in the talks. Seems that the want Verdugo included in any deal. Gonsolin and Downs have been mentioned also. No Lux or May. Not even Ruiz. And you can bet it will only be for a year because this guy wants the moon and many other planets as pay for his services when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. I think the Sox are motivated to move him now rather than wait until the deadline.

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      1. That’s been suggested before and certainly isn’t out of the question, but it doesn’t seem to happen very often. Chapman going to the Cubs and then coming back to the Yanks is one of the few exceptions I can remember. If we got Mookie and then didn’t manage to convince him to stay I guess it really wouldn’t matter where he went, except if we found out he had an arrangement with the Sox to go back before the trade was even made. That probably wouldn’t break any rules but it would hurt a little more.

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      2. It would be a smart move by Boston. Let’s face it, along with Houston, they have been ahead of the curve. It’s about rings and how you get them doesn’t matter to baseball.

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  3. Rentals suck, suckers rent.

    Just doesn’t sound like AF to me. Now name-dropping some big names and then doing nothing, sounds like AF to me

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    1. “Rentals suck, suckers rent”. Not bad and probably true most of the time, but if it brings you a WS title……………..
      Big names? Mookie Betts is a pretty small name. Giannis Antetokounmpo, now there’s a big name.

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  4. Latest from Red Sox beat:

    LAD have the best current big leaguer in play (Verdugo), SD offering the best prospect (Campusano) as well as the most pieces but less financial relief due to Myers. LAD could also broaden talks to include Price, but that would diminish Sox return.

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    1. I think Boston wants to unload Price, get below the cap, then go after free agents, including Betts. It just makes sense. Whoever takes Price more likely gets the Mookie rental.

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  5. Don’t forget in any Betts deal, the team acquiring Betts will also get a comp pick, that should be in the low to mid thirties, I believe Busch was a comp pick for grandal, so that has to be factored into the deal.
    One year of Betts plus the 35th pick (+-) in the draft is worth ???

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    1. Apparently it’s worth including Verdugo. Most all the pundits are assuming he’ll be part of a deal if there is one. If he’s healthy and performs the way we were expecting him to here in L.A., he’ll be a huge fan favorite in Boston.

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  6. Don’t look now but Zac Rosscup is back in the NL West. Signed a deal today with the Rockies. I am shaking in my boots thinking about him coming in and walking the bases loaded…..wow…Rocks are desperate. Giants signed reliever Nick Vincent.

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  7. Pollock stated in an interview that he would like to be back in CF. I guess we will see how all that plays out. 2 weeks and it is time. Lets play some baseball!

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    1. Maybe he’ll get his wish and wind up in centerfield…………………………for the Red Sox.
      I suppose, if we don’t get Betts and AJ shows some real improvement in mobility that they move Belli back to right and let him play center but they’ll only do that if no Betts and they feel it’s their best defensive alignment.

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      1. I would agree with that assessment. I understand his desire to play what he considers his best position. I also think the Dodgers will put who they feel are the best 8 to help them win each night at the position they feel they will contribute best. Right now all the Mookie talk is just that, talk. I have read nothing over the last 24 hours that changes that.

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    1. Right now he is worthless to the team. He has not even begun any baseball related activities down in Arizona, and this back injury has lingered a lot longer than anyone anticipated. If he was hitting already and running and throwing the ball, I might agree with you. But with players reporting in 3 weeks, and him not even picking up a ball yet, or a bat, I am not sure he will be ready to play by opening day. No report on Toles at all. Still on the restricted list and not expected to be in Arizona this spring.

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      1. Not sure, and I am sure all the medicals would have to be sent and approved, plus before any trade is completed all players involved have to pass a physical. I think the Dodgers are more than a little peeved at him. Like Scoop said in an earlier post, he looked out of shape when he was in a video with another player, and the injury, which was supposed to be minor has been something else entirely. Kid has a lot of skills and fire. But there is something awfully fishy about this entire thing.

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      2. Being somewhat out of shape makes some sense if he’s had a back situation which prevents him from working out to the degree he would normally be active so that’s not necessarily something that should be held against him. I know there have been a number of stories about his general attitude but I sure haven’t seen anything that bothers me since he showed up. I guess that will all factor in to whether AF will agree to include him in a trade.

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      3. I read some stuff at the end of the season that pertained to LA not being to happy with him. Not sure what the issue was, but it was enough to get some ink. I think about the only thing I have seen is that he is a pretty cocky kid.

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      4. There were some rumors he was involved in a DV incident. I’m wondering if between that and his handling of his injury AF is trying to get move him on somewhere else

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      5. It would explain a lot. Kind of like the Mad Bum and his injury that he initially lied to the Giants about. Jeff Kent did the same thing.

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      6. With the way MLB is jumping on incidents of domestic violence wouldn’t you think that it would have received some headlines if it had been a real thing? These days, even minor domestic violence is dealt with (Urias, for example). On the other hand, where there’s smoke there’s fire and there have been a few smokey incidents.

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  8. My mindset is quit all the talking and either get it done or do not. I do not really care one way or the other. I have always believed that no one player guarantees you anything. Betts makes them better from the right side that is a given. But how he will actually fare hitting in Dodger Stadium instead of Fenway is a question mark. Not having that wall to shoot at means no more high fly homers. I think his power does not play that well in LA. Not many players come there and come close to their career highs with 2 exceptions, Shawn Green and Gary Sheffield were legitimate power guys after coming to the Dodgers. Even Machado had trouble generating power in LA.

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