It’s Time for Bloom to Trade Price

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Imagine if the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts and David Price in the same deal?  It might not be as far fetched as you may think.  The San Diego Padres appear to be interested in Betts, in fact, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday that the Padres general manager A.J. Preller have discussed the former AL MVP this offseason. 

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San Diego has one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball that includes seven top 100 MLB prospects.  Does Chaim Bloom move Betts to San Diego for some of their top prospects?  On the surface that sounds like a homerun and you make that deal.  The problem is Betts has one year left of control and then he can bolt in free agency.  But if the Padres Preller wants Betts bad enough, Bloom might be willing to play ball.

On Sunday, the Texas Rangers made a big splash acquiring former Indians ace Corey Kluber for a small return.  Theoretically, the Kluber trade and the Arizona Diamondbacks signing of Madison Bumgarner eliminates suitors for the Red Sox to move the number one player on the roster to give them more financial flexibility.  That player is Price, and if the Padres want Betts, they need to take Price and his $96 million dollar contract. 

NFLShop.com - Customized NFL GearPrice is 34-years-old and won’t turn 35 until August of next season.  In the last three seasons, he’s averaged 119 innings a season with a 3.75 ERA and 381 strikeouts.

What would a Padres and Red Sox trade look like if they moved Betts?  The Red Sox need to demand number three ranked prospect in baseball lefty MacKenzie Gore.  In his second full professional season, the 20-year-old lefty was dominate across two levels of the minor leagues on his way to being the MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year.  Gore has been compared to Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw due to his delivery and nasty curveball.  Gore projects to be a top of the rotation starter and the Red Sox would love to add Gore.

Gore led the Minors in WHIP with a 0.83, opponents hit .164 against him, and he was fifth in strikeout rate at 35.7%.  “Seeing the athleticism and the delivery; seeing the stuff that was coming out of his hand on a nightly basis; seeing how he went about his work between starts … I think it all contributed to the success he had on the mound” said San Diego Padres farm director Sam Geaney.

It’s hard to imagine the Padres trading Gore for both Betts and Price considering Betts has one year left before he’ll walk in free agency.  Could the Padres ask the Red Sox to take on Will Myers in order to get Gore back in return?  Prior to the Padres trading OF Hunter Renfroe to the Rays, I would have liked to see him in the deal.  The Padres need to move Myers and his salary.  Myers doesn’t exactly fit the Red Sox plans.  Could Myers play left for the Red Sox and move Benny to right?

Would you make this trade?

Red Sox acquire: OF Will Myers | LHP MacKenzie Gore | SS Jake Cronenworth
Padres acquire: OF Mookie Betts | LHP David Price | (Sox eat $36 million of Price deal)

With over $900 million dollars spent in this offseason, it’s safe to say next year Betts will command at least $240-$300 million or more in free agency.  The longer it goes with Betts and the Red Sox not agreeing on an extension to remain in Boston, it appears more likely that Betts will get his money from another team. 

If the Padres want to bolt into instant contention they have the prospects to make a deal work with Bloom and the Red Sox.

If Betts was genuinely happy in Boston and wanted to be here long term, wouldn’t he have accepted a deal already?  Bloom can keep Betts and let him walk and take a compensatory pick for the star outfielder.  The quiet Red Sox offseason leads me to believe Bloom is listening and having conversations on all players on the roster.  The Red Sox cannot risk losing Betts for just a compensatory pick.  Bloom needs to find a trade partner and soon, because the longer this goes on with Betts, the return for him becomes increasingly less.


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