We knew a trade including Mookie Betts was coming — but not of this magnitude. The details are trickling in still, but various reports indicate a framework as follows:
- Dodgers get: Mookie Betts, David Price, cash from Red Sox
- Red Sox get: Alex Verdugo, Brusdar Graterol
- Twins get: Kenta Maeda
This sure looks like a no-brainer for the Dodgers. As if they weren’t already the National League favorites, Betts and Price further cement LA’s status. Verdugo’s a nice player and has a solid future, but the odds of him ever coming close to Betts’s ability is slim to none. Meanwhile, Minnesota addressed a big need by acquiring Maeda to bolster its rotation. The Twins struck out on big name starters in free agency this winter, so Maeda should be a big help and is under contract for four seasons.
As for Boston, well, you know how I feel if you read my post earlier today. Verdugo is cool and all (114 wRC+, 2.2 fWAR as a 23 year-old in 2019), but he’s a steep drop from Betts. Boston can keep him for five more seasons, provided he doesn’t become too costly for them. Graterol, 21, is a hard-throwing righty and a top prospect. Minnesota apparently thought he was a reliever long-term, hence their willingness to deal him. I’m sure Boston will try to see if he can stick in the rotation before relegating him to the bullpen.