Los Angeles Dodgers: Everybody Wins in Mookie Betts Blockbuster Trade
Normally, it’s difficult to find a trade where two or more teams win in a big trade. However, in the three-team deal for Mookie Betts there were not one, not two, but three winners. Let’s break it down.
Los Angeles Dodgers
LA added David Price, solid left-handed arm, to a rotation that consists of ace Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Plus, Betts automatically makes the Dodgers’ lineup a scarier opponent to anyone who even thinks about throwing a fastball their way.
Betts fits the type of player every team wants in their lineup on a weekly basis. The 27-year old is a World Series champion, AL MVP, four-time gold glove winner and a three-time winner of the Silver Slugger. He’s also finished eighth place or higher in the last four seasons.
The Dodgers are determined now more than ever to get that elusive World Series title and they should be one of the best teams in the National League again this season.
Boston Red Sox
It was important for the Sox to bring a nice young piece to the roster and they clearly did so with the acquisition of outfielder Alex Verdugo.
Boston also received Brusdar Graterol from Minnesota in the three-team deal.
The 21-year old is reportedly a hard-throwing pitcher, which gives the Sox a nice prospect with upside and could contribute significantly.
Nowadays it’s hard to have a good rotation, but this offseason Minnie has made it a point to grab arms whenever possible.
Kenta Maeda brings versatility and can strike out hitters consistently during the course of a season.
The 31-year old also has plenty of playoff experience after playing four years in Dodger Blue.
Maeda has pitched in 137 in four seasons and has a career ERA of 3.87. He also posted 641 strikeouts in 589 innings of work.
What did we learn?
The Dodgers didn’t need additional hitting — at least no one with the resume like Mookie Betts. However, they wanted to increase their chances for a title this coming fall.
So even though Betts wasn’t a need for LA, they clearly added strength and are all in for this season, especially with Price being thrown into the deal.
For Boston, they wanted to shed some money which makes sense, but we learned that they are definitely thinking about getting younger and hoping younger guys slide into the fold.
With that being said, I would not rule out the Sox from competing for a wild card spot in this year’s playoffs. They still have guys who were a part of the 2018 World Series team and their lineup is loaded.
Besides, Nathan Eovaldi is trying to bounce back and Chris Sale is an ace.
And finally, the Twins proved why they should not be ignored at all this year.
Minnie is focused on building a winner this year and beyond, but we learned they were not quite sure about their rotation from the No. 3 to the No. 5 spot.
With Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi and Maeda now the top three arms in the starting five, the Twins should be the favorite to win the AL Central crown in 2020.
What stood out to you about this blockbuster trade that netted the Dodgers Mookie Betts and David Price? Leave a comment below.
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