The Harsh Reality the Red Sox Could Trade Betts

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The Boston Red Sox will reportedly listen to offers on All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts this off-season.  Betts, who will effectively become a free agent after the 2020 season, has intentions of testing the free agent waters. 


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The Red Sox 2019 campaign hasn’t gone to plan.  The team struggled out of the gate and is sitting 15 games out of first place looking up at the Rays and Yankees.  The club is also fighting to get back in the second wild card picture.  The Sox are 6.5 games out of that last spot. 

Unless the team makes a last ditch effort and turns this season around, the Sox will go into the off-season with many question marks.  Will they keep Dave Dombrowski, or decide to fire him and go in a new direction?  Then there’s the reigning AL MVP Betts, who if the Red Sox aren’t willing to or not able to resign Betts they should look at moving him and replenishing the farm system. 

MLB.com’s Jon Morosi said in interview on Friday that there’s a “growing belief” within baseball the Red Sox will listen to trade offers this off-season for Betts. 

It’s hard to fathom that the Boston Red Sox are struggling to re-sign Betts.  The Sox have the highest payroll in baseball coming into 2019 and should never be in a position where money prevents them from having a player. 

Shop the Stars and Stripes Collection at MLBshop.comIf the Red Sox move Betts, they’ll need to hit a homerun on any trade.  A Betts deal would be scrutinized for years to come by fans if they do not get an adequate return.

In the last few years, premium talent has moved around the bigs for players.  Back in 2017 the White Sox traded LHP Jose Quintana to CHC for OF Eloy Jimenez, RHP Dylan Cease, IF Bryant Flete, 3B Matt Rose.  Jimenez is expected to be a cornerstone player in the Windy City and Dylan Cease is expected to be a workhorse in the future. 

Remember when the Red Sox acquired Pedro Martinez?  The talk back then was do we trade pitchers Brian Rose or Carl Pavano in the Martinez trade?  The team effectively traded Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. for Pedro.  The trade would be a franchise changer for Boston as Pedro was part of a World Series Championship team.  Martinez posted a 117-37 record and a 2.52 ERA in seven historic seasons with the Red Sox.  The Expos ended up trading Pavano to the Marlins a few years later and Armas Jr. went 48-60 in eight seasons with both clubs and had a 4.45 ERA.  His best season was in 2002, when he went 12-12. 

The trade of presumably the decade that would help both franchises was the one between the Indians and Expos back in 2002.  The Expos acquired Bartolo Colon, who was 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA.  Colon was a legit ace that would help the Expos make a push for the postseason.  The Indians acquired future left handed ace Cliff Lee, second baseman Brandon Phillips who had a great MLB career (shout out to Phillips home run last season against the Braves for the Red Sox), outfielder Grady Sizemore and first baseman Lee Stevens.  Every player in this deal went on to have great pro careers.  If the Sox could get anything close to the Colon deal it will be a huge win.

What I'm getting at is prospects are a tantalizing thought of what could be.  If smart you’ll acquire cornerstone players and position the club for stability and success.  But the wrong prospects with the right hype leading up to a deal could spell disaster for any team. 

There’s talented prospects that the Sox can acquire to strengthen the team, but the cost is trading Betts to make that happen. 

The thought of trading Betts is absurd to think about.  He’s one of the best players in the game and in Boston.  When’s the last time the Red Sox traded a talent like Betts?  The Sox usually attempt to trade for players like Betts, not send the player out. 

At times, we take our athletes in Boston for granted.  We’re a passionate fan base that wants to see our team win.  We live and die by our sports teams and the laundry they wear. 

If the Red Sox are truly not able to keep Betts in Boston then he should be traded.  It’s the right thing for the franchise to try and maximize the return for the All-Star right fielder.  The Sox should look to lock him up aggressively like the Angels did with Mike Trout. 

The Boston Red Sox should be acquiring players like Betts, not trading them.  Dombrowski and the front office have their work cut out for them with this Betts situation.  But we need to look at the harsh reality that the Red Sox will potentially trade Mookie Betts. 



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