The most recent information from two coasts, because the Dodgers and Pink Sox proceed to regulate to new realities after the blockbuster commerce that despatched Mookie Betts and David Worth to Chavez Ravine…
- Talks between the Dodgers and Pink Sox about Betts started to develop in late December, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman informed Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Occasions and different reporters, although Los Angeles first appeared into buying Betts previous to final July’s commerce deadline. A late surge for the Sox (who had an 8-Three run throughout an 11-game between July 17 and 27) satisfied them to maintain Betts and make a push for the postseason. Pondering about what a deadline Sox/Dodgers commerce would’ve appeared like is an fascinating what-if, particularly since Friedman would’ve been negotiating with a special particular person — Dave Dombrowski was nonetheless Boston’s president of baseball operations on the time, earlier than being changed by chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom (who used to work with Friedman within the Rays’ entrance workplace).
- Unsurprisingly, the Dodgers don’t see Betts as only a one-year rental, as group president Stan Kasten informed The Athletic’s Andy McCullough that pursuing a long-term extension with the outfielder was “actually was a part of our considering [with the trade] — that that’s what we want the result to be.” Friedman concurred, saying “from our standpoint, I feel he’s going to fall in love with the town, the fan help, the teammates, the amenities. And we’re simply making an attempt to do every thing we are able to to proceed that and have our personal guys wish to keep.” Preserving Betts would require a monetary dedication that may far surpass something Friedman has made since he joined the group in 2015, although certainly the baseball ops head and Dodgers possession are conscious of what it’s going to price the group to lock Betts up — in all probability a $400MM+ deal. Nevertheless, as McCullough notes, the Dodgers have seemingly laid the groundwork for large future expenditures with lower than $45MM in assured payroll commitments on the books following the 2021 season. It stays a query as as to if Betts could be open to an extension, in fact, given how he has so steadfastly expressed his want to check the open market as a free agent. Future contracts weren’t on Betts’ thoughts as he spoke with reporters, saying “I’m nonetheless looking for a home and all these sorts of issues. I’m not even actually eager about that. I’m simply centered on staying with 2020 and going from there.”
- As to Betts’ projected alternative within the Pink Sox outfield, Alex Verdugo may not be prepared for Boston’s Opening Day lineup, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe stories. Again and indirect issues despatched Verdugo to the injured record on August 6 of final season, and he solely appeared in a single minor league sport after that placement. Speier writes that Verdugo’s again continues to be bothering him, although the Sox don’t see the harm as a long-term downside. If Verdugo does miss time initially of the season, it could possibly be for precautionary causes, as “a small variety of video games missed early within the 12 months is healthier than a considerable stretch on the sideline if he’s rushed into the lineup.“