Last we heard, Jon Morosi had the Los Angeles Dodgers as the most likely team to acquire Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox. Of course as a sidebar of the deal, starting pitcher David Price would presumably be involved.
Now, Chris Rose and Kevin Millar from MLB Network’s Intentional Talk discuss the subject once again and raise a few interesting points. You can take a look at the full clip of the segment below.
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First, Millar says that that the Dodgers can afford to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade like this. However, it’s important to know if Betts would re-sign in Los Angeles before making the trade.
“It makes sense if you’re the Dodgers, it really does. They can afford to make this move. They can afford to pay Price. Obviously Mookie Betts, he’s a player. It’s just a matter if you can sign him after the 2020 season when he’s a free agent.”
Then Rose reminds everyone that the Dodgers and Red Sox once made a big trade before. Equally important, they were dance partners back when Los Angeles acquired the likes of Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez to provide salary relief for Boston. He also says that he doesn’t do the deal if he’s the Dodgers unless he’s assured Betts will re-sign with the team long-term.
“That’s what you do [if you’re the Dodgers]. See if this is somewhere that he even wants to play. Because I agree with you, you can’t go out and make this deal if Mookie doesn’t want to continue playing in Los Angeles. You only make this deal if Mookie is like ‘yep, I am ready to go down Rodeo drive. I’m ready to get a convertible Mercedes and get about $300-plus million dollars. So just find out, I don’t know if Mookie Betts grew up a fan of the Dodgers. But Los Angeles is a big market team, and I like when big market teams have package deals.”
Of course on paper, the deal makes sense for both sides for the points Rose and Millar have raised. Still, all indications infer that this would be the Dodgers taking on a $300 million dollar long-term contract beyond this season. To this point, it’s hard to find a comp in terms of a position player they have been comfortable with making that type of commitment to.
In short, it could be just as important to know the Dodgers’ comfort level with Betts as it is the other way around.