Padres and Red Sox discussing Mookie Betts

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A possible Mookie Betts trade is being discussed by the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox.

In stunning news, Dennis Lin of the Athletic reports, on Thursday, that the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres have discussed a trade that involves star outfielder Mookie Betts. The teams are in discussions and nothing is close.

The Padres seem very focused on improving their team for the 2020 season. An addition of Betts, a four-time All-Star, could potentially put the team over the edge. The outfielder would improve the Padres’ defense as well as the heart of the batting order.

Betts is a former MVP and is currently in the last year of his contract. The price tag would be hefty, but the Padres certainly have the means to pay. There is some speculation that the Padres could package multiple young players to Boston to get a deal done. The Padres have a full 40-man roster currently and could use some flexibility in that regard.

A Betts deal could lead to a more extensive trade between these two teams. David Price could also be of interest to the Padres as they search for starting pitching as well. This is pure speculation, though, as Price comes with a hefty contract and health issues. Wil Myers is mentioned in the article by Dennis Lin, as the Padres are actively looking for suitors for the outfielder.

Betts owns a career .893 OPS and, at 27 years of age, is in the highlight of his career. He has amassed a 42 WAR in six major league seasons.

Preller and the Red Sox have worked together before on trades. There is certainly a possibility of a deal here and it seems that Boston has forgiven San Diego for the Drew Pomeranz trade in 2016, which saw Preller earn a 30-day suspension over his handling of medical documents.


Padres’ ownership is hell-bent on competing sooner rather than later. A “win-now” move such as this only serves to solidify that fact.

2020 could be a very interesting year for both the Padres and the city of San Diego.

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Tony C
Tony C
2 years ago

No one seems to be taking Boston’s desperation to get under the tax. They aren’t in the drivers seat as many of you might think they are. I would not take on Price… period! There’s too much dead money as he falls apart. That could handicap our payroll for the next three years. Including Myers is necessary for us to offset the MB payroll increase. They’d still be decreasing their payroll while receiving some prospects from us. We still have a logjam in the outfield. So, I propose Myers, Margot, Morejon, and two prospects in the 20-40 range. Besides reducing… Read more »

Tanned Tom
Tanned Tom
2 years ago

Some perspective: in July of 2018 the Orioles got 5 prospects from the Dodgers, one of their top 5, two of their top 30, and two lesser prospects (if memory serves). Betts is a better player, is signed for an entire year, not the partial year with Machado, so Boston will want a better package just for Betts. If they have to take an overpaid player in Myers Boston will want just that much more. Any deal will have to include a top 5, and 2 top 30s as a starting point. Remember too that Boston still has some hopes… Read more »

Tony C
Tony C
2 years ago
Reply to  Tanned Tom

They were in a pennant race at the trade deadline. The Padres are not. We still might not get a sniff at even a wildcard, let alone the Dodgers. We don’t need Betts to finish below the Dodgers still. Patience with a better team already this year is needed. We cannot hamstring ourselves for a few more wins. I’d rather be prominent for awhile than a thought for this season. The Redsox have to get under the luxury tax. They are desperate too. I fear AJ will blink first in this stare down, he always does. He needs to show… Read more »

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony C

Yes, remember there was NO ONE bidding on Hosmer. His own team only gave a slight nod to being interested. EVERYONE knew who Hosmer was, his lack of value, etc…except AJ. He could not get great value even when he had ALL of the leverage. Now Preller is not only desperate and incompetent, his job is on the line, and everyone else knows. I agree, there is a level of desperation on the BoSox’s part, but that matters not when it comes to Preller the Padre killer. Trading for one year of Betts is like selling your house so that… Read more »

Alan Alan Steve
Alan Alan Steve
2 years ago

The impending punishment make San Diego the perfect fit for Boston. Their punishment could be worse than a 1st and 2nd draft pick in consecutive years since 2018 is their second offense. Consider who is calling the shots now in Boston in Chaim Bloom. Think the package for Betts starts with the 2020 comp pick (pick 34). Jake Cronenworth is a familiar player to Bloom and would fill the long term void of Pedroia reinjury. If Gore, Patino, Abrams and Campusano are not involved that means pretty much everything else in the top 30 would be in play. Think ML… Read more »

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago

If they can somehow put Hosmer in the deal (I realize he has a NTC) then I’m all ears.

But let’s face it, giving up a massive haul for ONE YEAR of one player can only serve the best interests of one person: the GM who is on the hot seat.

Now there is another report on MLB Trade Rumors about trading for Marte. Marte is no center fielder.

Our only hope is the owners will thwart any more CRAZY Preller deals.

Greg W
Greg W
2 years ago

The match up between these 2 teams works (at first). Boston wants to unload Price and his hefty contract. They’ve had zero takers, so they decided to insist on a package of Betts and Price. At the same time, the Pads want to unload Myers. By getting Betts, that makes the Padres lineup much better. The Sox need a first baseman, and that’s probably Myers appropriate position. Here’s my concerns. First, no way that I include any of the Padres top 5 prospects. If the do, they’re idiots. I am ok with any other combination of prospects and probably you’d… Read more »

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