Betts, Price trade would be yet another masterstroke from Dodgers

Ross Houston
February 5, 2020

Major league sources familiar with the trade negotiations between the Red Sox and the Padres and Dodgers believe that a decision by the Red Sox could come within the next few days. His average annual value of $31 million counts toward the Competitive Balance Tax.

"Everyone around the game expects Mookie Betts to be traded, and soon". The San Diego Padres reportedly want the Red Sox to take Wil Myers and the $13 million left on his contract in any Betts deal.

Joc Pederson is another established outfielder, though he's due to become a free agent after this season and there's yet to be any indication he's been included in trade talks with the Red Sox.

Boston's payroll sits at an estimated $231.9125 million. The Red Sox, therefore, could receive less in return from the Dodgers if LA pays Price's full contract.

The appearance of an unanticipated suitor- that does not like an excellent enigma group?!- would certainly make points even more intriguing and also continues to be feasible as long as Betts is still under Red Sox control. The Dodgers also need to be smart, though, because they already have a World Series-caliber roster without Betts and Price.

Adding to that report, USA Today's Bob Nightengale indicated that if the Dodgers are the team the Red Sox chose to partner with in the deal, it is likely David Price could be moved as well. The last would merely really hope Betts might drive them right into postseason dip into all. Ken Rosenthal provided a comparable belief on MLB Network's Hot Stove reveal today (Twitter link, with video clip), simply mentioning that a Betts profession "is going to happen".

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