The price tag for Padres to acquire Mookie Betts

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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.

News broke late on Thursday from Dennis Lin of The Athletic that the Padres and Red Sox are discussing a deal for Mookie Betts.

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.

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2 years ago

Boston doesn’t NEED to cut payroll.
Boston doesn’t NEED to trade Betts as all.
They would value Margot only as a 5th OF.
Getting Betts and getting rid of all or more than half of Myers’ money without giving up a top-5 prospect is a pipe dream.
Boston can keep Betts and compete.

Tony C
Tony C
2 years ago
Reply to  JOH

Correct… it’s not an absolute that the must reduce salary. They need to and are trying to in order to not pay the luxury tax and take on the draft penalties as a repeat offender. They don’t need to trade Betts. That’s who they’re trying to trade to combat the above. The Padres don’t have to have Betts either. Both sides are working on getting this done though. They can keep Betts and play this year out and suffer the luxury tax and penalties. They don’t want to. Getting some mlb ready players and prospects would allow them to accomplish… Read more »

Padre Rob
Padre Rob
2 years ago

After thinking about this potential trade for a couple days. It does have merit IF we are unloading Myers in the deal. The man is not gonna succeed here……for whatever reason. So, find him a place where he can. While also getting some future payroll breathing room. A year of Betts would be a bonus. Essentially, if we look at ANY potential landing spot for Myers on his own, we would be sending money (a lot of it) and a minimum of 2 quality prospects / big league ready players. So, that stands to reason as a baseline to plug… Read more »

John Boccia
John Boccia
2 years ago

Problem here is Betts is being packaged with Price and Price may be injured. The deal makes sense if they take Myers and then we give them young pieces once Price shows healthy in Spring training. But this deal has Dodgers written all over it

2 years ago

Myers + Margot+ Ty France+ Baez + Hunt + = Betts + Rusney Castillo. Bosox get adjusted salary relief of ~$24M Padres move some salary, streaky professional talent and prospects. Boston’s avoids $$$ + draft penalties saying under luxury cap for 2020. If Dodgers offer more talent and add $27 M to they’re cap then ride out Myers for 2020 and keep ammunition in chamber for later in the year.

Tom Pynch
Tom Pynch
2 years ago

Myers would be a negative value acquisition. Roughly 22mil per season for the next three years nobody would take. If the Padres want Betts they are going to have to do better than that. They would have to move him at AAV numbers and include several prospects.
I’m not saying Boston has much leverage here: they don’t. But Betts is a AS RF who is likely to have a massive walk year.
RS have to be satisfied to move such a talent.

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