April 19, 2021

Unpacking the Mookie Betts Trade and What it Means for the 2020 Boston Red Sox (Baseball Essential)


February 4, 2020 will go down as one of the most significant days in the history of the Boston Red Sox: it was the night that they dealt both Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a three-team trade.

That tweet felt like a dagger going straight through the heart of Red Sox Nation. The 2018 American League Most Valuable Player recipient, who was also one of Boston’s most popular athletes over the last several years, was being traded away after the team and Betts couldn’t agree on a contract extension.

Prior to the trade, there were reports that the Red Sox and Betts were extremely far apart in their negotiations on a contract extension. According to the reports, the team approached Betts with a 10 year, $300 million deal, which Betts subsequently countered with a 12-year, $420 million deal. That cavernous gap caused the contract negotiations to fall through and,…

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