Red Sox trading Mookie Betts to Dodgers gets more embarrassing by the day
Dodgers OF Mookie Betts took home another accolade this week.
The Boston Red Sox felt the need to shop their best homegrown player since Ted Williams last offseason, and the Los Angeles Dodgers gladly obliged. Andrew Friedman put together a trade package for Mookie Betts and when everything was said and done, the Dodgers upgraded by adding a former AL MVP.
In 2020 alone, Betts is a World Series champion (again), finished second in the NL MVP voting, won another Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, and capped it off with one more accolade to rub it in Boston’s face.
Betts is your Sports Illustrated Player of the Year. He didn’t miss a beat despite moving across the country.
And all it took was trading Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, Kenta Maeda and Connor Wong — all players the Dodgers didn’t need. That trade also netted them reliever Brusdar Graterol. What a world.
And that was all without any agreement that Betts would sign an extension. In fact, Red Sox nation was trying to shield themselves from the hurt by claiming Betts would bolt from LA after the 2020 season and re-sign with Boston, allowing them to retain their MVP and keep all of the assets in the trade.
But nope! The Dodgers inked Betts to a 12-year, $365 million extension and the nonsense pipe dream Sox fans tried to make a reality was dead before it could even slightly materialize.
Yup, just further proof this trade continues to get more embarrassing by the day for the Red Sox. The Red Sox were too cheap to pay up and secure arguably the second-best player in baseball the money he deserved, and instead traded him for a package of unknown talent. God forbid you overpay for a few years of regression, right?
Instead, Sox fans got to watch Betts make incredible plays on both sides of ball throughout the Dodgers World Series run, likely leaving them full of regret. Instead of paying Betts, trading other players and making additions elsewhere to improve the team, they moved their best player, kept their other overpaid ones, and have yet to make a single inspiring transaction since they brought on Chaim Bloom as their new general manager.
Dodgers fans get to reap the rewards of another franchise’s ineptitude. Sit back, relax and enjoy the next decade, guys!