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.
BREAKING: The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox that would send star outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Dodgers, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Deal is pending medical reviews.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 5, 2020
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,…