By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox may or may not end up trading Mookie Betts, but the descriptions of the possibility of such a move are gaining strength.
Two new reports stand out among the latest with the Red Sox and their seemingly growing possibility of trading the 2018 American League MVP. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic details the factors and parameters surrounding potential Betts deals with the Padres, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks - and describes the Red Sox as "strongly considering" the move. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, meanwhile, has spoken to multiple major league sources and says the Red Sox' willingness to trade Betts "appears serious."
Both full reports are worth a read because of the smaller details that add up to a complicated trade situation for the Red Sox. But the overarching theme of the rhetoric from both Rosenthal and Speier is that the circumstances are beginning to point more toward a trade than the Red Sox keeping Betts for the 2020 season.
The Padres appear to be the most attractive suitor at this time, because they would be in a position to have to send multiple top prospects to Boston in exchange for the Red Sox assuming the contract of outfielder Wil Myers. The idea being that the Red Sox likely have to choose between cutting payroll and assuming big-time prospects in such a deal. They probably can't have it both ways.
The Dodgers could certainly accommodate the Red Sox in the payroll-shedding department, but likely wouldn't have to part with top prospects for just one year of Betts. The Diamondbacks are also in the race, according to Rosenthal, but taking on Betts' contract could be an issue for them.
It's not easy to trade an asset like Betts. But the latest reporting suggests that the Red Sox are getting closer.
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