We have some late breaking news for you all in one of the biggest MLB trades in recent history. It seems the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Twins were involved in a massive three team deal. The deal breaks down as such:
- Dodgers get: Mookie Betts, David Price, Cash from Boston
- Minnesota gets: Kenya Maeda
- Boston gets: Alex Verdugo, Brusdar Graterol
- Additionally, the Dodgers traded Joc Pederson to the Angels for Luis Rengifo.
Rumors have been circlying around Betts for some time now, and it looks like Boston finally pulled the trigger. This is the first I’m personally hearing Price’s name. MLB Trade Rumors has the break down here.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, will land perhaps the greatest consolation prize in history. After missing out on top target Gerrit Cole earlier this winter, they’ve now acquired one of the game’s best all-around players in Betts in addition to a high-profile starter who can still contribute to their rotation — even if his halcyon days are in the past.
It’ll cost Los Angeles a hefty five years of control over Verdugo and four more years of the talented Maeda, and there’s another major ripple effect, as the Dodgers have reportedly struck a separate trade sending outfielder Joc Pederson to the Angels in exchange for young infielder Luis Rengifo. Between the cash the Red Sox are sending to cover some of Price’s contract, the subtraction of Maeda and now the subtraction of Pederson’s final arbitration salary, it seems likely that the Dodgers will have managed to stay beneath the luxury tax threshold.
In order to make room for Betts, LA had to part ways with Pederson.
To at least some extent, the Dodgers will miss the 27-year-old Pederson, who has been an easily above-average hitter since his first full season in 2015. Pederson’s now coming off a typically productive showing in 2019, when he slashed .249/.339/.538 with 3.0 fWAR and a a career-high 36 home runs in 514 plate appearances. If there’s one major knock on Pederson’s offense, it’s that the left-hander has struggled versus southpaws, who have held him to an awful .188/.263/.310 line during his time in the bigs.
As I sit here and type this, it’s currently upper 50’s in February, and the stove simply cannot be any hotter! Unfortunately I have to run, but I will update the post with any additional information as it arrives tomorrow. If any of our other writers are around, please feel fee to update/edit as necessary. The deal is not officially announced, so the exact terms are still subject to change.