By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com Imagine trading Mookie Betts, the face of your franchise, for two (probably broken) prospects in an obvious cost-cutting move. Now imagine not having the foresight to realize that your fans and media were going to be upset with such a move. Welcome to the apparent, absurdly out-of-touch world of Red Sox…
Following a report Wednesday night that Brusdar Graterol's physical is giving the Red Sox pause, the Mookie Betts mega-deal between the Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins is "not a certainty"
According to a report from the Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, a red flag in the medical records of pitcher Brusdar Graderol (who is scheduled to move from the Twins to the Red Sox) has given Boston's front office pause and put the deal on hold.
Does Chaim Bloom really know what he is doing? Did the Red Sox get even remotely decent value for Mookie, even if Betts did have just one year remaining on his contract? Are the Red Sox merely cycling through another GM (and manager) since the departure of Theo Epstein (and Terry Francona), or are they actually building something again with a longer-term, more sustainable model?
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.
The Red Sox have been a year behind in most every offer while Betts has sought a contract that would effectively make him the second-highest-paid player in the game – behind only Trout by what amounts to relative pocket change. Pretty bold of Mookie don’t you think? (He’s not that close to Trout.) And pretty laughable of the Red Sox, right?