The Mookie Betts trade rumors, after festering all offseason, have reached new heights in recent days, with speculation that a deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers — or maybe the Red Sox and Padres — is inching closer to completion. While free agency moved rapidly this offseason, it has been a slow market regarding trades — Tommy Pham and Starling Marte have been the two best players traded — but maybe we’ll finally get that superstar trade we’ve been anticipating all winter.
Let’s do a quick Mookie Watch Q&A to review what’s going on with the 2018 American League MVP as the baseball world waits to see whether a blockbuster deal will come to fruition.
Why do the Red Sox want to trade him?
Betts is entering his final season before entering free agency, and there was never any momentum for Betts to sign a long-term extension. Betts will be entering his age-28 season in 2021, and given his age and the recent contracts for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Gerrit Cole, he’s poised to be the next $300 million player.
As one of the sport’s most prosperous franchises, the Red Sox could certainly afford that — assuming Betts even wanted to stay in Boston — but they have a bigger issue…