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.
The Padres and Red Sox have discussed a potential trade that would bring Mookie Betts to San Diego, sources tell The Athletic: https://t.co/Mn5be5SwlM
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) January 24, 2020
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.