After months (more accurately years) of rumors, Twitter bickering, and a carnival of delays that seemed to put the whole off-season in danger, The Big Move has finally happened. Andrew Friedman, in a stupendous about-face from his humbling at the Winter Meetings, pulled off an unthinkable heist by acquiring Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox for a handful of prospects.
Especially at a time when the LeBron Lakers and Kawhi/George Clippers are soaring, it’s the kind of superstar pick up the Dodgers have needed in recent years, and makes them into a whole new team. It also comes after a tumultuous stretch when L.A. really needed some good news for a change.
After the bitter Winter Meetings, the Astros cheating revelations, and Kobe’s death, this was much needed.
— Marshall Garvey has a new book. Buy it now! (@MarshallGarvey) February 5, 2020
While it’s easy (and warranted) to get swept away in the excitement, it’s important to take a moment and parse through just why it’s such a seismic transaction. Here’s a primer on Mookie Betts.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Betts was drafted by Boston in the fifth round in 2011. He made his…