1. Trading for Mookie Betts
The Boston Red Sox trading Mookie Betts will still never make sense. This is a multi-billion dollar franchise that low-balled its franchise player and decided to instead trade him for 90 cents on the dollar. Meanwhile, Boston is paying two mediocre players in Trevor Story and Nathan Eovaldi a combined $208 million.
Eovaldi and Story are making a combined $37 million on the payroll this season. Betts’ payroll salary is $22 million with a $29 million luxury tax salary. Betts has more WAR this season than Story and Eovaldi combined.
Mookie is now the face of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he has already made a big enough impact to make the trade worth it. While Corey Seager was the 2020 World Series MVP, the Dodgers do not win Game 6 of the 2020 World Series without Betts.
In 254 games with the Dodgers, Betts is slashing .272/.360/.518 with 61 home runs, 148 RBI and elite defense. He has put together 11.0 WAR since joining the Dodgers, which is ninth in MLB in that span. Betts is eighth in the league in WAR/G in that same span.
The package wasn’t small for the Red Sox, but they definitely did not get fair value in return. The Dodgers traded Alex Verdugo, who had a really good first season in Boston but has since fallen back to being a league-average outfielder. Jeter Downs and Connor Wong were the prospects in the trade, and the jury is still out on both of them.
Shohei Ohtani was among the biggest names at the 2022 MLB All-Star Game and his comments on Dodger Stadium may have started some buzz.
One thing is for certain, though: neither of them is going to be Mookie Betts. There are very few generational superstars like Mookie Betts and thanks to the Red Sox being cheap, he will likely end up going into Cooperstown as a Dodger if he continues to play at this level.