The Twins have been desperate for pitching help, and they did well to land Kenta Maeda in the three-team deal.
Betts wasn’t likely to re-sign, considering the massive payday that awaits him in free agency, and Price was owed $96 million over the next three seasons.
He was long considered one of the top prospects in the Dodgers' system, and he can flat-out hit. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ef/de/mookie-betts-getty-ftr-090919_hrapfkv1m5q71uihaxfnxqz64.jpg?t=443712685&w=500&quality=80, Terms of blockbuster deal between Red Sox, Dodgers.
The Dodgers projected lineup is an absolute juggernaut: Plus, their rotation will feature two former Cy Young winners (Price and Clayton Kershaw) and a 25-year-old ace (Walker Buehler) who quite possibly could win the award this season.
Now, behind Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi in the rotation, Minnesota has solid veterans Maeda, Homer Bailey and Dobnak. But, three things: 1.) Good players get paid. You're one year removed from winning it all with largely the same group of players, but instead you trade away Betts and David Price, who was a serviceable pitcher for Boston since he arrived in 2016.
The best players, the guys that help teams win World Series?
Rather than rest on their laurels and wait for more of their prospects to perform, they went out and got better.
With Betts and Price, Boston could have made one more go at the postseason, despite having the mighty Yankees and resourceful Rays in their division. Betts is going to (rightfully) command $300-plus million in free agency next offseason, and the fact the Red Sox were so scared of having to pay him for a year before free agency that they sent him to another championship contender is an embarrassment for the franchise. What makes this trade all the more commendable is that somehow the Dodgers pulled off such a lucrative deal without giving up any of their top prospects.
They have not won a playoff game since 2004, and they have not won a postseason series in almost 20 years—they won the 2002 ALDS before losing to the Angels in the championship series. Rather, the disappointment of this trade comes from the lackluster package they received and the departure of a beloved superstar. With a .349 average and nine home runs in 40 games, his bat is lively, and he's a nice third piece in this deal. Like they were in the 2017 and 2018 World Series, the Dodgers were the runners up in the sweepstakes to sign both Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon.
All Rights Reserved. This trade almost certainly indicates the start of a rebuild, though it’s far from assured that Verdugo and Graterol will be the cornerstones of the next great Red Sox team. With the dust settling on the blockbuster deal that sent Mookie Betts and David Price out of Boston in exchange for 23-year-old outfielder Alex Verdugo and … A Mookie Betts trade was probably the best bet of Super Bowl weekend. In return, the Red Sox get Verdugo who, to be fair, is no slouch and played to 3.1 bWAR last season. Rather than rest on their laurels and wait around for their prospects to perform, they went out and got better. 2.)
1 Dodgers get RF Mookie Betts, LHP David Price and cash Red Sox get OF Alex Verdugo, 2B Jeter Downs and C Connor Wong Trade No. Making excuses and defending billionaire owners so these guys can save a few bucks in the long run is even more foolish. Anyway, let's break down the reported three-team trade that sent the superstar outfielder to Los Angeles along with left-hander David Price: Let's make this real, real clear for the crowd out there that likes to play fantasy GM instead of baseball fan: Betts isn't the type of player you trade — he's the type of guy you build around.
Other than their almost supernatural inability to beat the Yankees in the playoffs, the Twins were also burned by their relatively underwhelming pitching staff.
Verdugo was long considered one of the top prospects in the Dodgers system and can flat-out hit. For the Twins, a team in win-now mode, getting an experienced starting pitcher is well worth the cost of a solid prospect, especially if pitching was one of the few things holding them back in 2019. With a week to go until teams report to Spring Training, the Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins reportedly struck the blockbuster trade of the offseason, with a former MVP and Cy Young Award winner going from Beantown to the City of Angels. Those guys get paid. If you're Boston, was keeping Betts around and making a 2020 run at a World Series that crazy of an idea?
There's a decent chance Price outperforms what Kenta Maeda, who's now going to the Twins in a separate trade for pitcher Brusdar Graterol, could have done for the Dodgers over the next few years; and 3. The Dodgers were already a perennial powerhouse before they traded for Betts and Price. But Minnesota has greater ambitions in mind for 2020.
The last player heading to Boston is Wong, a catcher who spent time in Double-A in 2019 and hit a lot there. Making excuses and defending billionaire owners so these guys can save a few bucks in the long run, even more so.
The Dodgers, abiding by that logic, weren't afraid to take on Price's remaining money in order to also acquire one of the five best players in baseball and his own $27 million salary figure.
53 in baseball, per MLB Pipeline. All it took was dealing from a position of strength to do so.
Arguably the most confusing part about the deal is the return for the Red Sox: with Boston's farm system near the bottom of the majors — some of that is due to prior trades, some because of graduations to the majors — wouldn't it make more sense for Betts to be traded for a future-altering package of prospects? 3 overall prospect and No. He's also a top-tier defender with a high ceiling. Minnesota doesn't have to worry about re-signing Maeda anytime soon: he's under contract through the 2023 season and only making $3 million per year, a boon for a low-budget team that has repeatedly been at the negotiating table with significant members of its rotation over the past couple of offseasons. What would be the harm?
This past campaign, Betts was worth 6.8 bWAR and played Gold Glove defense in right field. He won the AL MVP that season, earned Sporting News' Player of the Year honors and was worth more than 10 wins over replacement, per Baseball Reference.
That's the way pro sports works. Maeda pitched to a 4.04 ERA last year in 37 games (26 starts), and he had been hoping to go somewhere he could start full-time.
(And now with less Minnesota.).
The Red Sox won the World Series in 2018 with Betts at the forefront of their success. If you're Boston, was keeping Betts around and making a 2020 run at a World Series that crazy of an idea? The Red Sox also get Downs, one of the Dodgers' top prospects, who reached Double-A in 2019. Sheesh. It was a pure salary dump, and for a team like Boston, which is an attendance juggernaut, which is one of the most profitable organizations in baseball, which is one of the most valuable organization, that's inexcusable. Is this really the best deal the Red Sox could make for Betts. Well, for now, the Red Sox are gaining financial flexibility, which means they may be able to sign a player the caliber of Betts one day. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/25/41/mookie-betts-090719-getty-ftrjpg_5m4yx3sagxt21jj0df4yk4jm6.jpg?t=193368813&w=500&quality=80, Terms of blockbuster deal between Red Sox, Dodgers. They have won seven straight NL West titles and appeared in two of the last three World Series. It hurts to give up Verdugo, but three things: 1. Maeda is a fairly sure thing and offers stability to a rotation that needs it. This time, though, it seems to be for real as the original reported deal between the Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins for superstar outfielder Mookie Betts is no more.
3 overall prospect and the No. ... Grade: D. Grading Minnesota’s Side of the Deal. Good players get paid. Mookie Betts trade grades: Red Sox get poor mark; Dodgers still win in reported reworked deal. Grading the Mookie Betts Trade for the Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins. Good players make money. It hurts to give up Kenta Maeda and Alex Verdugo, sure.
Betts should be a massive short-term upgrade over Verdugo.
The Dodgers have been to two of the last three World Series and lost in the NLDS to the eventual champs last year. All the Twins had to give up for Maeda was Graterol, a top-100 pitching prospect who's had success in the minor leagues (1.92 ERA last year). The good news for the Dodgers is that they still have an absolutely loaded outfield led by Bellinger and Betts, a deep farm system that still includes top catching prospect Keibert Ruiz, middle infielder Gavin Lux and right-hander Dustin May.
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