By Luke Garofalo
On Monday, February 10th, Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Alex Verdugo, infielder Jeter Downs, and catcher Connor Wong. On top of that, the Redsox also sent $48 million to the Dodgers to help with David Prices’ large contract with a remaining $96 million on it.
The original trade between the teams was supposed to involve a pitcher from the Twins by the name of Brusdar Graterol. Things changed when the Red Sox were concerned about the health and the role of the pitcher. When the news returned to the Red Sox, the trade was changed for the Dodgers which resulted in the Organization adding Downs and Wong to the final trade which went through as of yesterday 2/10/20.
Verdugo, the 23 year old who can play any of the outfielder positions finished up the season with a .294 batting average with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs. Wong is a 24 year old catcher who played for the Double A (Tulsa) which was also in the Los Angeles area farm system for the Dodgers. In his time in the farm system and the Majors, he hit a combined .281 with 24 home runs and 82 RBIs in 111 minor-league games. Downs, a 21 year old second baseman and shortstop, split his playing time last year in Rancho Cucamonga and Tulsa. Between the two teams, he hit a combined 24 home runs and 86 RBIs. Professionals say he will succeed more at the second base position for the Boston Red Sox.
As Redsox fans are still shocked over this trade, people need to realize the benefits of this. The Red Sox are saving a tremendous amount of money which is going to open up a massive amount of money for the trade deadline later on in the season. People can also argue that Mookie Betts is a Franchise type of player who would last in the organization for many years in the future. Mookie Betts was looking for a contract of upwards of $400 million which would lock him in for at least 10 years of his career in the Red Sox Organization. You can argue that he won’t be as good as he was in his earlier years. It will be something that the Redsox and the Dodgers figure out within the upcoming years of Mookie Betts. As for the younger players that the Red Sox received in the trade, they have just as much potential to be a star player just like Mookie Betts or David Price in their prime. Time will tell if the trade was a success or a loss.