Translation: the pandemic and its effects would have major free agency ramifications for a player who has been intent on going to the market from seemingly the day he set foot in the big leagues. And while the likelihood is that Betts would choose a one-year contract and hit the market when all economies are healthier, could the offer like the one the Red Sox presented him last spring be back in play?
If the Red Sox knew they had to be under the luxury tax threshold as far back as the fall of 2018, why did ownership “green-light” the combined $213 million signings ($43 million annually in luxury tax) of Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi, two pitchers with histories of breaking down?
According to Fox's Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox continued to hold detailed discussions over the weekend with both the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers regarding a trade for 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts. The conversations reportedly advanced to the point where a trade is considered imminent.