Dodgers Acquire Mookie Betts, David Price, I Acquire Lots of Crow

Mookie Betts

In a shocking turn of events, or maybe not, the Dodgers have finally acquired 2018 American League MVP outfielder Mookie Betts, veteran starting pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox in a stunning three team trade also involving the Minnesota Twins that changes the landscape of Major League Baseball. According to reports outfielder Alex Verdugo will be going back to Boston and starting pitcher Kenta Maeda is being dealt to the Twins. The rest of the players involved in the deal are not yet known. In a separate move, Joc Pederson was flipped to the Angels for infield prospect Luis Rengifo. I don’t like Joc being dealt for little return, but that’s a separate topic altogether.

I know what you all are thinking. After the initial surprise wears off, you are probably laughing at me. Maybe some of you are thinking I am stupid. Allow me to retort. I’ll say it over and over….I was wrong. Yes I was wrong. Dodger’s president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has finally acquired an elite player. It only took him five years to do so.

I have no ego to bruise here. As I have said before, I will gladly eat crow if it means the Dodgers pick up a player that helps them get closer to ending a 30+ year championship drought. All I care about is seeing the Dodgers win the World Series and getting a championship in my adult lifetime. I don’t care about looking bad, or being wrong. Yes I was wrong. I’ve been wrong many times in my life and it won’t be the last. Send me hate mail if you wish. Make fun of me in the comments. Laugh at me. I would gladly read a thousand hate mails per day if it meant the Dodgers winning the World Series in 2020. I would read them and delete them with glee. All I care about is the Dodgers winning the World Series. Anything else is secondary.

I tell you this, my respect for Friedman has shot up tenfold. This was an aggressive deal that instantly gives the Dodgers one of the best all-around players in baseball. There is no question that adding Betts makes the Dodgers better. Not only does it make them better, but it significantly improves the odds of the Dodgers winning the World Series.

Betts should slot into right field with Cody Bellinger manning center, or vice versa. A.J. Pollock should get the majority of time in left, if healthy. The Dodgers have plenty of other outfielders to fill the void. Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Matt Beaty should all see time in the outfield at various points in the season as well. Betts incredible right handed bat helps balance out the Dodger’s lefty heavy lineup. As for Maeda going to the Twins, David Price should slot right into the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler. More than likely the back of the rotation should be taken by the kids, Julio Urias and Dustin May.

There is some concern here. Betts is a free agent at season’s end. Is this deal worth it if Betts leave in free agency? Is the deal for one-year of Betts worth losing Verdguo, Joc, and Maeda? Can Price regain his form and be productive? Price is still a good pitcher, but he’s older, and suffered injuries over the past few seasons.

What this tells me though is that Friedman and the front office are under a lot of pressure to win a championship. After the early playoff exit in 2019, the championship drought hangs over the fan base like a black cloud. Dodger fans are literally frothing at the mouth for a championship and if we don’t get one soon then we may revolt. With the all-star game at Dodger Stadium in 2020, ownership probably felt like they had to do something daring in order to bring home that ring that has long eluded the Dodgers. This is a move that helps do that. Even if Betts leaves after one season. I’ll have more on this later once I have had a chance to digest everything. Spring camps break in about a week. It’s going to be one hell of a season.

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9 thoughts on “Dodgers Acquire Mookie Betts, David Price, I Acquire Lots of Crow

  1. It’ll hurt if Betts leaves but it will also save a $400 million and a 10-12 year contract. AKA a DUMB obligation for any team. Hurts to see a player of Joc’s caliber and character leave but at least it’s only to go across town. But he was never going to be re-signed given what he will get in the A.L. as a platoon or DH player.

  2. This is a very good deal even if it is just an one year rental. Verdugo will be a nice player, likely a future all star, but Betts is on another level. Price will hurt, but the Red Sox are paying half of his salary.

    For comparison, we traded 5 prospects for Machado and 3 prospects for Darvish.

  3. For months we’ve been listening to the whining about Friedman. A few of us asked for patience. We don’t win championships and it’s Friedman’s fault, then we learn those that did win cheated. Last year’s loss I still pin directly on Roberts. His goofy moves work, he’s a genius. They didn’t. He’s an idiot.

    This is a good trade for both teams. I believe it’s possible Boston comes after Betts in ‘21. Will he stay in LA? Remains to be seen. I think he’s gonna like it here. Rich people love LA.

    Perspective. I still say it’s good to be a Dodger fan. Whiners gonna whine.

    1. Badger

      I don’t know if this trade will be successful or not but Friedman certainly gets credit for making an attempt. Good for him. If the Dodgers don’t win it won’t be because he has not tried.

      1. Right on Package206. If Dodgers don’t win a WS it possibly could fall on the hands of Roberts , as Badger indicated above here. And let’s remember the amount of $$ coming off the books after this season. Not sure what amount that is but you can bet that Freidman isn’t going to simply let Betts walk. Salary space obtained with deal involving Angels as well.

  4. On the Betts trade, finally…never thought they would pull the trigger.

    But I still believe pitching, namely relief, is our achilles heel.

  5. Well the deal sending Joc to the Angels collapsed and the offshoot of that was White and Garlic being DFA’d. No big loss there. I was surprised that Raley was on the 40 man. But he is younger than both of those guys, White is 30, and Garlick 29. From all accounts, Joc is ok with almost not being a Dodger, and now being back in the fold. So is Strip. There have been reports that Pederson is still on the trade block, but right now, I do not see that happening anytime soon. I think the steal of this entire trade may end up being Graterol. He has nasty stuff and could end up supplanting Jansen somewhere down the line. So far, according to Roberts, the first 4 in the rotation will be Buehler, Kersh, Price, and Urias. With Stripling, Gonsolin, Wood, Nelson, and May fighting it out for the 5 spot. Most analysts seem to think that pitching in the NL, in bigger parks with no DH will benefit Price a lot. I take a wait and see there. Price will wear # 33, Betts, 50 and Graterol, 48. Lux has changed his number to 9.

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