The latest PR generated Dodgers trade rumors now involve Boston Red Sox star and former American League MVP Mookie Betts. The rumors from earlier in the winter involved Cleveland infielder Francisco Lindor. Now those rumors have shifted to Betts, and other Boston stars like starting pitcher David Price. I find it funny how Andrew Friedman is always working on some big blockbuster trade, yet it never comes to fruition.
Any Dodger fan would love to see Betts playing in Dodger blue. He’s one of the best players in baseball. Unfortunately that would involve acquiring Betts in his walk season and then renegotiating a new contract and or an extension. We should all know that Friedman would never acquire elite talent and never actually pay for premium talent.
Again these rumors seem to be circulated via chatter. Beat writers who are looking for something to write about, or insiders looking for a story. Surely every team has internal discussions about different players. This doesn’t mean these rumors become reality. When Friedman is involved they never do.
League sources suggested that nothing is close regarding a deal in which the Red Sox would send Betts to LA or anywhere else. Clearly, their preference appears to be to shed payroll while having Betts anchor the lineup for at least one more year.
As early as the Winter Meetings, one National League evaluator wondered whether the Dodgers could motivate the Red Sox to part with Betts by offering to take on both him and a starting pitcher (perhaps David Price, who is owed $96 million over the next three years) while giving Boston a meaningful prospect in return.
According to league sources, such an idea never gained any meaningful traction throughout December.
I’m not saying there are not some truths to them. Perhaps there is a smidge. But I don’t see this ever happening. At least not now. Maybe there may be more momentum in July if the Red Sox find themselves completely out of the race and looking to do a roster purge and total rebuild. Again I find that scenario even more unlikely.
The pseudo trade rumors are perpetuated even more to make it look like Andrew Friedman is working hard, yet continues to run into roadblocks that prevent him from acquiring top tier players that are beyond his control. The excuses as to why the deals never happen pile up. He just barely missed out on Gerrit Cole. Anthony Rendon did not want to play in Los Angeles. Francisco Lindor would cost us too many prospects. Mookie Betts is too expensive. Hyun-jin Ryu is old. On and on and on and on they go.
Poor misunderstood millionaire Friedman. Working hard for his millions, if it weren’t for such crappy luck. Friedman fans can keep dreaming and clamoring about how something big is about to go down. I laugh when I read that stuff. We’re on what year five of the Friedman era? Nothing is going to happen. Please just stop with this bologna.