In mid-February, the Boston Red Sox made the franchise-altering decision to trade Mookie Betts in the final year of his contract. The former AL MVP was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a few prospects, Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong.
Red Sox fans are still getting used to the idea of Betts playing for the Dodgers. But so is Betts. In fact, when he first donned the Dodger blue, he thought it was "weird" but eventually, his mother convinced him that it was fine.
“It was weird,” Betts said in a recent interview with Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis. "It took my mom calling to say, ‘You look good in blue’ before I accepted it. Accepted the blue. It was super weird."
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Once Betts got over that fact, he was quickly able to adjust to life in Los Angeles before the coronavirus pandemic shut down MLB.
"It didn’t take long to get used to," Betts said. "The guys in there made it so seamless, that it was just like home. It was really home by the time all this stuff happened. I definitely miss it."
It certainly seems that Betts likes his new home in Los Angeles, which indicates there's a chance that he will stay there long-term. But nothing is certain at the moment. And the longer that MLB's season is delayed, the possibility that Betts will hit free agency without ever playing a game for the Dodgers increases.
We're not at that point yet. And baseball is seemingly doing everything they can to get things up and running in the near future. But it's something to keep an eye on given that Betts will be a free agent this offseason no matter what happens with baseball, per the deal the MLB Players' Association agreed to with the league.
Either way, this just serves as a reminder that Betts is no longer on the Red Sox. They'll be moving forward with an outfield that is made up of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Kevin Pillar, and Verdugo, who recently began swinging a bat again after dealing with a stress fracture in his back.