The Dodgers have yet to make their big splash in free agency or in the trade market this winter, but it seems as if Andrew Friedman is getting poised to strike. The Dodgers have been reportedly involved in a number of marquee talents’ markets like those of Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. The one with the most substance potentially is the market of Red Sox stud outfielder Mookie Betts.
In a recent radio segment on 101.3 The Game, the Red Sox and Dodgers rumors surrounding Mookie Betts were discussed and accredited.
Mookie Betts to LA
101.3 The Game, a Boston area radio station, discussed the rumors with Tom Caron of NESN. When Caron was asked if there was substance he responded favorably:
“The Betts thing is real. The Dodgers are talking about Betts.”
Red Sox Perspective, Joc Pederson to Boston?
In addition, Caron discussed the likelihood that the Red Sox eventually decide to attach David Price’s sizable contract alongside Mookie Betts in an effort by Red Sox owner John Henry to shed payroll:
“The question becomes: can you get them to take both [Betts and Price]? Looking at it just from a salary perspective, now you’re talking about taking $50 million off of your payroll. It could be something where [Chaim] Bloom can actually add a couple pieces before the end of the year. Joc Pederson is being talked about as a possible name to come back in a deal.”
The Dodgers will remain in the mix for the services of Mookie Betts in the coming weeks and it seems as if the Dodgers are one of the likeliest teams to acquire him should the Boston Red Sox decide to move him. While a deal remains somewhat of a long-shot when considering Boston’s position, there is a chance.