The Red Sox Traded Mookie Betts and It's Really Time to Move On

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This has been a fun and entertaining postseason for Major League Baseball, even if the Red Sox did not participate in the playoffs.  The MLB Postseason just doesn't feel right without the Red Sox being involved, but it's been more palatable to watch because the New York Yankees were bounced by the eventual American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays.

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Game 3 of the World Series is tonight and it has been a fun series with some firepower from both offenses through the first two games.  The Rays deep bullpen took over Game 2 and the Rays offense came to life courtesy of Brandon Lowe, who has been abysmal this postseason.  With the series tied tonight and both teams featuring two studs on the mound in Walker Buehler and Charlie Morton, this game could determine baseball's next champion. 

While we have been entertained watching this World Series, the media just can't seem to help themselves. During Game 1 of the World Series, Mookie Betts went off and the media put Boston and it's fanbase on blast on the grandest stage.  In case you have been under a rock the past seven months or so, the Red Sox traded Betts and David Price to the Dodgers.  I know, shocking news, and some fans and the media can't seem to let this go and they are taking their shots at the Red Sox ownership and front office.

Now, don't get me wrong.  While I am thankful for the four World Series championships under this ownership, they aren't exactly the most transparent people in the sports world.  Defending them can be tough and even harder when a billion dollar company is not able to re-sign one of the best players in baseball. 

During Game 1 of the World Series, Fox wanted to keep reminding the world that the Red Sox traded Betts.  They tweeted meme's, Joe Buck reminded us throughout the game, and even Ken Rosenthal reminded us during Game 2.  Buck and Rosenthal were insufferable while raking the Red Sox over the coals and to insinuate that Betts is baseball's LeBron James is laughable.  

Let's be real for a minute, James is a generational type of player, arguably top-five in the history of the NBA.  Is Betts one of the top-five players in the history of baseball?  Betts is the best player on the diamond during this World Series and a top player in the game today, but to compare him to James is a horribly bad take. 

This is not what I want to be listening to as a Red Sox fan when I am trying to enjoy the Fall Classic.  I get it, the Red Sox traded Betts and we can debate whether it's smart and financially the right move to sign him to the deal the Dodgers offered.  The Dodgers signed Betts to a 12-year, $365 million deal before the start of the season.  The dollar amount is on par with what we all expected Betts to get in his deal wherever he would land.  It's unfortunate that it did not work out with the Red Sox. 

I would be lying to people if I were to say the Red Sox are better without Betts.  Clearly they weren't.  You saw this team this season - they weren't good.  Even though they weren't the typical Red Sox we're accustomed to seeing, we got to see Alex Verdugo can actually play in Boston.  Chaim Bloom is rebuilding a depleted farm system and had to trade Betts. 

The Red Sox traded Betts because he didn't want to play in Boston beyond this year.  If he did, why didn't he sign any of the contract offers from the team?  I understand we can debate whether the offers from the Red Sox were even in the ballpark of the Dodgers, but I have to believe they were.  This past week on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Michael Felger from "Felger and Mazz" had a story about Betts and not wanting to stay with the Red Sox. 

This past week, Felger said on his show that he was at a cocktail party and an individual told him that the Red Sox offered Betts the money and contract he wanted but turned it down.  Felger would go on to say, "This guy, I am fully confident is close with players and it was a conversation at literally an outdoor, socially-distanced cocktail party, the guy says, 'Boy, he turned down a lot of money here,' speaking of Dodgers Betts.  I'm like, 'Well, what do you mean?  Weren't they way under?'  He said, 'Oh no, no, they offered what he asked and he turned it down." 

Believe what you want from that statement by Felger, but it's not entirely far-fetched.  Felger would go on to say, the Red Sox would rather look cheap than look like no-one would want to play in Boston.  Odds are, we'll never know the truth about Betts and him wanting to stay with the Red Sox or not. However, there is one thing that we know for sure, Betts got us free tacos from Taco Bell with swiping that bag in the World Series, and he is no longer with the Red Sox.

The Red Sox felt they needed to move Betts and they got a decent return for the player.  Whether you like the Bloom hire or his moves, he's the man in charge of rebuilding the club.  If you've watched any of the World Series, the Rays give us a glimmer of what the Red Sox can be with Bloom at the helm.  Once we get to see what kind of money Bloom will spend, to put this all on him is wrong.  The Red Sox ownership needs to take some accountability that we are watching Betts in play for the Dodgers in the World Series.  The Red Sox need to be smart and not overextend themselves from a years perspective for any player. 

Betts is gone, its time to move on.  It's time to stop feeling like a jilted lover at the altar and tweeting passive aggressively that Betts is in LA.  If he hated it here, then he hated it here.  If he loved it here and the Red Sox truly didn't offer him fair value then that is on the Red Sox.  Having said all that, it's truly time to move on.  Betts did, it's time we do too. 


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