The Mookie Betts Saga is Finally Over

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The Red Sox and the Dodgers finally agreed to a trade that will send Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers in exchange the Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop prospect Jeter Downs and catching prospect Connor Wong.  In this rendition of the trade the Twins will complete a separate deal that’ll send Brusdar Graterol to the Dodgers and not the Red Sox.  The Twins will acquire righty Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers.

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This latest deal comes after the Twins pulled out of the deal when the Red Sox insisted on another prospect in the deal that initially was going to send Graterol and Verdugo to the Red Sox.  The deal fell through when the Red Sox didn’t like the medical report on Graterol.  The club also expressed concerns that his long-term role was more of a reliever than a starter.

Let’s be honest, why would the Twins give up another top 10 prospect for Kenta Maeda when they could acquire him for only one?  It doesn’t make sense for the Twins to give the Red Sox an additional top 10 prospect just so the Dodgers could acquire Betts and Price and have the nastiest lineup in baseball.  The Twins were a mystery team that came out of nowhere and was included in the trade with the Red Sox and Dodgers that was announced this past Tuesday.

Following the reports of that trade, it was being trickled out on social media the Red Sox wanted another top prospect from the Twins to complete the trade.  The Twins clearly balked, and the two sides struggled to come to an agreement, which leads us to Sunday.

This whole trade has been an ultimate disaster from the very beginning.  The Red Sox never received fair value for Betts and David Price.  The more information that has been coming out, the Red Sox look like they were completely fleeced in the trade and the media and fan backlash has been extreme.
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The Boston media has been all over Red Sox ownership and Chaim Bloom for the trade that looked more like a salary dump than a restocking of a depleted farm system.  As reports surfaced that Graterol’s medicals were a concern and Alex Verdugo being the only piece the Dodgers were giving up, the Red Sox looked inept and were completely taken advantage of in this trade.

As a fan, I am pretty pissed over this whole situation.  I understand the Red Sox needing to trade Betts if they felt they were unable to resign him after the season.  I also understand the need to trade Price and his $96 million dollars left over the next three years.  The club getting three players back feels like a better haul than the initial trade where the Dodgers only gave up one player for Betts and Price.

On our Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later (which can be heard on iTunes, Podomatic or Spotify) I made the comment I wanted “quality over quantity” in this trade.  I still feel that way.  I want the best return for the these two players.  I want to see the club begin to level set some and also replenish the farm system.  This trade brings quality and quantity to the deal.  The Red Sox could spin these players for something else in the future.

The way this whole situation has been handled, I wonder what the rest of the MLB thinks of the Red Sox right now?  Will teams look at how this trade has been handled and be hesitant to deal with Bloom and Bloom’s front office?

While that remains to be seen, I still stand by my stance that the ownership looks the worst out of all of this.  As the news began to hit social media that this deal was in trouble, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted the following, “Real question is what the Red Sox want.  Twins could send a lesser prospect to the Dodgers, the LAD could flip Graterol and a better prospect to Boston.  But some in talks sense that a negative media reaction to Verdugo-Graterol return for Betts-Price gave Boston ownership pause.”

Henry gave “pause” to the deal because he realized the return wasn’t enough and his team was getting fleeced.  At some point the Red Sox ownership will be asked about this trade and I am sure they will add spin to this whole situation and ordeal.

This whole winter has been completely bizarro.  The team has made it very clear they wanted to get under the luxury tax threshold, the “part ways” with Cora based off the MLB investigation involving his time with the Astros in 2017, and now the face of the franchise has been traded, sort of, and they just can’t seem to get out of their own way.

This trade will define Bloom’s tenure during his time in Boston.  He had no choice but to do this deal because his boss wanted to get under the luxury tax.  The Red Sox are under that tax and now have some flexibility to add to the roster, but at the cost of Betts and Price.

It’s time to Free Alex Cora and Fire John Henry.  The Red Sox will always hold a special place in my heart, but right now they are a complete mess and they need to make the fan base feel like they have some clue of what is going on, because they just look lost right now.  Which is a complete shame, because we’re less than two seasons since the Red Sox were on top of the baseball world and World Series champions.

In the words of Tom Werner - “Let’s go Red Sox.  Let’s go Red Sox”.



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