Los Angeles Dodgers: Top 5 moments of the 2020 season
By Jamaal Artis
5. Dodgers trade for Mookie Betts
For years, Dodgers fans have been waiting for the missing pieces to their potential dynasty, courting a non-homegrown star or two to make all the difference. They got a super-duperstar this spring when Mookie Betts arrived in Los Angeles, along with lefty ace David Price.
Both players were part of the Red Sox team that defeated the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. By adding Betts to their lineup, the Dodgers could boast two MVPs roaming their outfield. Though Price opted out because of the COVID-19 virus, in a shortened 60-game season Betts performed like an MVP, leading the NL in WAR (3.4) and pushing the Dodgers to the best record in baseball.
Betts continued to display his worth in the playoffs serving as a catalyst for the offense and displaying Gold Glove-caliber defense. Before the season, the Dodgers were among the good teams; after the Betts trade, they went to the pinnacle of baseball.
Betts was, of course, extended midway through the summer. As he should’ve been.