Mookie Betts

Red Sox still have one of MLB's best offensive trios without Mookie Betts

Red Sox still have one of MLB's best offensive trios without Mookie Betts

The trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers is one Boston Red Sox fans will never forget. 

Although Betts played a major role in both the offensive and defensive side of things, the Red Sox still boast one of the best trios at the plate in Major League Baseball.

Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and J.D. Martinez also have been a big reason why Boston's offense has been pretty solid the past few years. 

Here's how the three compared to other players around the league in various offensive stats in 2019, according to Justin Long, Red Sox senior manager of media relations and baseball information via his @SoxNotes Twitter account:

  • Martinez: .304 AVG/36 HR/105 RBI
  • Bogaerts: .309 AVG/33 HR/117 RBI
  • Devers: .311 AVG/32 HR/115 RBI

Every other team combined had just four players hit at least .300 with 30 home runs and 100 RBI in 2019 -- Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Cody Bellinger (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nelson Cruz (Minnesota Twins) and Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals). 

The Red Sox certainly will feel the loss of Betts (.295/29 HR/80 RBI in 2019) in the coming months once the MLB resumes play, but the offense isn't necessarily their problem -- the pitching is. 

Boston also sent David Price to L.A. in the Betts trade and failed to receive a pitcher in return after denying a three-team trade with the Twins for pitcher Brusdar Graterol due to his medicals. They also lost Rick Porcello via free agency to the New York Mets and, with left-hander Chris Sale's future in doubt, the starting rotation is a question mark.

Sale is dealing with a flexor strain in his pitching arm and wasn't going to be ready to start Opening Day before the season was postponed due to the coronavirus. The Red Sox also have Eduardo Rodriguez, Martin Perez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Ryan Weber as the projected starting rotation.

If Bogaerts, Devers and Martinez came come close to last season's numbers, there won't be much to worry about with the offense.

MLB Rumors: Dodgers were told not to worry about Mookie Betts amid Red Sox investigation

MLB Rumors: Dodgers were told not to worry about Mookie Betts amid Red Sox investigation

Even if the Boston Red Sox are penalized as a result of MLB's sign-stealing investigation, it looks like Mookie Betts will be in the clear.

Before trading for Betts last month, the Los Angeles Dodgers were assured by the league there was nothing to be concerned about when it comes to their new superstar outfielder, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

“I know with our front office, we do a lot of our due diligence before we make a deal,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, per Sherman. “We have no questions or any concerns, none at all.”

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If Betts indeed is exonerated, then we probably can expect the same for other players from the 2018 World Series champion Red Sox.

Any punishment that comes Boston's way is expected to be light. Multiple players from the '18 team, including J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi, and Ian Kinsler, have been adamant about their innocence.

As for when to expect a resolution to MLB's investigation, that remains unclear. Last week, it was reported the result could come in early March. Sherman noted MLB isn't expected to announce its findings this week, but it likely will before the regular season gets underway March 26.

Ex-Red Sox LHP David Price 'couldn't be happier' to be with Dodgers

Ex-Red Sox LHP David Price 'couldn't be happier' to be with Dodgers

It's been less than a month since David Price was shipped from Boston to Los Angeles, and it seems the former Red Sox left-hander is already well-adjusted to life as a Dodger.

Upon joining his new team for spring training, Price immediately noticed a laid-back environment that was the complete opposite of what he experienced in Boston.

“It’s such a big difference from Boston to here,’’ Price told USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. “Really, it’s night and day."

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After Price faced hitters for the first time since undergoing wrist surgery in September, he expected to be surrounded by reporters equipped with countless questions about the injury.

That's when it became clear it's a whole new world out west.

“That was a big day for me, a very big day,’’ Price said. “I came in, got undressed, showered, came back to my locker, and stood there for 10 or 15 minutes. There were maybe two or three [reporters] hanging out, talking to other guys, and nobody came over to talk to me about my day. I couldn’t believe it.

“It was like after me and Mookie [Betts] had our introductory press conference at Dodger Stadium. We walk off the field when it was all done, and Mookie says, 'That’s it? Is this a joke?' "

It's a change Price welcomes, as the 34-year-old veteran makes it clear he's thrilled to have a fresh start in Los Angeles. He also made sure to mention he genuinely enjoyed his tenure with the Red Sox.

“I’ve only been here a couple of weeks but I really couldn't be happier,’’ Price says.

"Look, it’s not like I wanted to be traded," he added. "I was grateful for my four years in Boston. I went there to win, and we won. But if I had a list of the top three or four teams I would have wanted to be traded to, L.A. would definitely have been on it."

Price is scheduled to make his spring training debut with the Dodgers on Monday.