The San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox are reportedly discussing a deal for former AL MVP Mookie Betts. But what would it take for his services?
San Diegans have seen this before.
Before the 2015 season, A.J. Preller and his staff acquired Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, Will Middlebrooks, Derek Norris, Craig Kimbrel, and James Shields. The San Diego Padres went for it all. The franchise always had a reputation for being frugal. But they spent money and invested in the future of the franchise.
That run of players did not exactly respond to the challenge, but for the fan base- it was an exciting time. The front office failed miserably, but they tried. In a city starved for playoff baseball, an attempt meant a lot to the fans of the team. The ownership group continues to spend and attempt to secure a fruitful future. Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado were given the richest contract in team history in consecutive winters. You can no longer say the team is not trying to succeed.
After another last-place finish in 2019, changes needed to be made.
The Padres traded for Tommy Pham, Trent Grisham, Zach Davies, and Jurickson Profar this winter. They added Drew Pomeranz to an already stable bullpen and even brought back veteran Craig Stammen to help lead the group. Preller made small, subtle additions, but there are whispers that the team is looking to make a more substantial move.
The article mentions that Wil Myers is in the discussions, and there is a lot of speculation that the remaining money left on his contract is the real hold up in a potential deal. Boston does not sound opposed to receiving Myers, but they are naturally skeptical about the total sum of $70.5 million due for three more years. That is fair.
The Padres have plenty of depth at the major league level and the minor league level to satisfy Boston’s needs. Young pitchers like Adrian Morejon, Michel Baez, Cal Quantrill, and Ronald Bolanos would be enticing to the Sox. Position players like Josh Naylor, Franchy Cordero, and Ty France might also be of interest. Heck, even Manuel Margot, makes some sense. And those are just names of men who have accrued major league service time. Trading Betts will be difficult for the fan base in Bean Town, but getting instant satisfaction from players who are already seasoned may be the correct move.
The Padres could very easily dip into their talent pool of teenage players to consummate this deal if that is the route Chaim Bloom and his Boston’ staff want. MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patino, CJ Abrams, Luis Campusano, and Taylor Trammell can’t be included in this deal, but beyond that- anyone should be available for the Red Sox. If it weren’t for the fact Betts is a free agent in 11 months, Boston could easily ask for one of the Padres top 5 prospects. But that isn’t likely to happen.
It is difficult to speculate exactly who would be in this deal. There is no doubt that the Padres could satisfy the Red Sox itch. The question is- will they?
The Padres have a loaded 40-man roster presently. There is no doubt that they desire a little flexibility in that regard. Trading multiple players that are on the 40-man for a player like Mookie Betts could be really beneficial for San Diego. Can Preller and the Padres add a perennial All-Star before spring camp starts? Stay tuned. Where there is smoke, there generally is fire when it comes to the San Diego Padres and their young G.M. making deals.