The Dodgers have been connected to Mookie Betts for much of the offseason. What sort of player packages coming from LA could make this deal a reality?
Since missing out on the biggest stars of free agency, the Dodgers front office reportedly has begun to focus more intently on adding impact players via trade. This offseason, players like Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, and more all have been floated around as potential offseason blockbuster pieces, with former AL Cy Young Corey Kluber already headed to the Texas Rangers.
From the perspective of a Dodgers fan, adding one of these pieces seems to be the last piece to a World Series puzzle that has eluded the front office for three straight seasons. Even as Andrew Friedman brought in Yu Darvish and Manny Machado on deals at the deadline, the Dodgers still failed. Those teams were less than complete, and inserting a star for 60+ games did not do the trick. Even for a mostly-healthy 2019 squad, the star power on the Washington Nationals overpowered that of LA, leading to an early exit in the NLDS.
With the team poised to add a star, the next logical question becomes “Who would the Dodgers be dealing to acquire such a player?” A few weeks back, I discussed possible trade packages for Lindor.
Now that top prospect Lux is likely off the table according to Jon Heyman, the front office will certainly need to be creative to get a deal done, which may range from involving a deeper prospect package, more MLB-ready players, or more than likely some combination of the two.
In this article, I’ll run through all of the generally reasonable potential options (in my opinion at least) for a trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox involving sending Betts (and Price) to LA.