Athletics

Athletics

The two-team MLB blockbuster trade turned into three. 

We knew a Mookie Betts acquisition would happen eventually, and that's exactly what occurred on Tuesday when the Boston Red Sox reportedly sent the 2018 AL MVP and pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers in part of a blockbuster deal that included the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels:

Additionally, Joc Pederson reportedly will be heading to the Angels in the trade along with pitcher Ross Stripling. The Dodgers will acquire second baseman Luis Rengifo. 

Now that you're up to speed, what does this mean for the A's?

Well, not a lot on the surface. But the reloading Angels shouldn't be ignored.

A's manager Bob Melvin spoke to NBC Sports California earlier in the offseason and mentioned how the Angels will be one of the most improved teams in the league. This was back when the team acquired All-Star third baseman, Anthony Rendon.

 

Pederson is coming off of a 36-homer season with the Dodgers, and despite a slight uptick in power over the last few seasons, this isn't a game-changer for when the A's face their AL West foes. It may even benefit the Green and Gold, as Peterson struggles against lefties, with a career .188 average.

The Angels needed to take over the empty spot in right field after Kole Calhoun's departure for the Diamondbacks. Pederson's average ISO is higher than Kalhoun, so with the addition of Mike Trout and Justin Upton, the Angels could gain an advantage from the extra raw power boost.

The Halos also needed pitching, so the addition of Stripling is a good one to add to the back part of the rotation. 

The 30-year-old earned an All-Star selection in 2018 when he boasted a 3.02 ERA, 1.189 WHIP with 136 strikeouts in 122 innings with the Dodgers. 

The Angels now have five starting pitchers in addition to two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who will be added into the mix on the bump at a limited amount once he's cleared from Tommy John rehab.

Los Angeles surely will make things interesting in the AL West, but regardless, the Astros remain the A's biggest competition yet again in the division.

Meanwhile, the Twins, another playoff team the A's could face down the line, weren't at the focal point of the Betts trade but they added to their pitching staff as well.

Maeda will bolster the Twins' starting rotation immediately. Despite getting rid of pitcher Brusdar Grateral, one of the league's top 100 prospects, this appears to be more of an acquisition that would help the Twins immediately rather than waiting for the 21-year-old to flourish in his reliever role.

Maeda boasted a 4.04 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings with the Dodgers last season.

The A's open their 2020 season against the Twins, who signed former Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million contract in late January.

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As far as how the Red Sox did in the trade, losing Betts is a major blow. And Boston also needs to find a way to fill the spot left by Price in the rotation.

The only strong weapons the team has left to rely on are the offensive talents of J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts.

But that's about it. The Dodgers got a great one.