On Wednesday afternoon, both Mookie Betts and David Price made their first appearances at Chavez Ravine as members of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Needless to say, high praise for each player from front-office boss Andrew Friedman and skipper Dave Roberts was not spared in the least.
In keeping with the theme this winter, it’s been another long weekend of innuendo and teasing that a Dodgers trade that would acquire Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox. Many reports say a deal is ‘imminent’ and will happen today or tomorrow.
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.
If you happened to catch Andy’s column on Monday, you would have seen that she laid out some of the more prominent trade rumors surrounding the Dodgers in recent weeks, specifically how talks about Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts have evidently re-emerged.
All of the baseball world is in a quiet holding pattern in the days leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting. Sure, there’s an odd signing or trade here or there, but overall, it’s all been pretty uneventful.
Even though chatter surrounding the controversial sign-stealing scandal dominated most of the player interviews at Dodgers FanFest on Saturday, there were still a few dialogues that pertained specifically to the field.
A lot has been written about the lack of moves the Dodgers’ front office has made so far this offseason. In a recent article in the LA Times, part-owner and team president Stan Kasten took on the accusation that the team, up until now, has been “cheap.”
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.
Well, Christmas has come and gone and Dodgers fans did not find a new starter or another right-handed batter under their tree. While many times here I have said that the Dodgers don’t need to make immediate upgrades, it still would have been nice to have a holiday surprise.