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Chaim Bloom explains why Red Sox made Mookie Betts trade

Chaim Bloom explains why Red Sox made Mookie Betts trade

On Monday, the Boston Red Sox officially announced the trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The organization released a statement on the trade from members of the front office. Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and general manager Brian O'Halloran also addressed the media in Fort Myers.

After his opening statement praising Betts and Price for their contributions in Boston, Bloom explained why Red Sox brass felt the deal had to be made.

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"There's obviously a lot of different moves that we explored over the course of the offseason and that we're always going to be exploring," Bloom said. "And I think you have to assess every move both in itself and also how it fits into the context of a larger roster.

"I think in this case, as difficult as it was and as it continues to be emotionally, we felt that where this trade positions us in terms of the big picture, in terms of our long-term future, was a large enough step forward that despite being difficult, it was something we needed to do."

Betts is scheduled to become a free agent following the 2020 season. Bloom acknowledged Betts' contract situation, noting it takes a "sizable commitment" to maintain a player of his caliber who's set to hit the open market.

In exchange for Betts and Price, the Red Sox received outfielder Alex Verdugo as well as prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. You can learn more about them here.

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.