By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox are reportedly finalizing a blockbuster trade that will sent right fielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jeff Passan was the first to report on Twitter that the teams have a deal in place.
Per multiple reports, the centerpiece of the package heading back to the Red Sox is outfielder Alex Verdugo. The 23-year-old batted .294 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 106 games for the Dodgers last season.
UPDATE: Per Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are also getting RHP Brusdar Graterol in the trade. The Dodgers are trading pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Twins for Graterol, then flipping him to Boston.
Betts established himself as one of the best all-around players in baseball since his first full season with the Red Sox in 2015. He won American League MVP in 2018, when he hit 32 home runs in just 136 games and led the league with a .346 average and .640 slugging percentage.
Over the past four seasons with the Red Sox, Betts racked up an MVP, four Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers, and a World Series championship. Over the course of the 2016-19 seasons, Betts has ranked second only to the Angels' Mike Trout with 30.7 wins above replacement (WAR) for position players. He's led the major leagues in runs scored in each of the past two seasons.
Price, meanwhile, compiled a 46-24 record and 3.84 ERA in four seasons with the Red Sox. His finest hour came in the Red Sox' victory in the 2018 World Series, when he went 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA across 13.2 innings in an MVP-worthy performance.
According to baseball insider Ken Rosenthal, there is an as-yet unidentified third team involved in the trade. Additionally, "significant cash" will be headed wherever Price goes. He is owed $96 million over the next three seasons.
In a new column for The Athletic, Rosenthal says the Red Sox were essentially backed into either trading Betts or paying him the 12 years and $420 million he counter-offered. Ultimately, Betts wants to become a free agent and likely won't agree to a long-term deal with the Dodgers before then, either.
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