The Mookie Betts era in Boston is over.
The Boston Red Sox agreed to trade the superstar outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with pitcher David Price on Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan and various media reports.
Indications are that the Red Sox will get outfielder Alex Verdugo from the Dodgers and pitcher Brusdar Graterol from the Minnesota Twins (the third team involved in the deal).
Here's a look at all the moving pieces, per MassLive's Chris Cotillo.
Too many people to credit, but it looks like this is the deal:— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 5, 2020
Red Sox get: OF Alex Verdugo, RHP Brusdar Graterol
Dodgers get: OF Mookie Betts, LHP David Price, cash
Twins get: RHP Kenta Maeda
The deal is pending the completion of physical exams.
It's not often you see a major market team that often spends big like the Red Sox trade away a franchise cornerstone player in the prime of his career, but with Betts entering the final year of his contract, there was a chance he could leave in free agency after the 2020 season with Boston getting nothing of value in return.
Betts is one of the league's elite position players and has a stocked trophy case that includes a 2018 American League MVP, three Silver Slugger awards, four Gold Glove awards, a 2018 AL batting title and a 2018 World Series ring that, ironically, came in a five-game triumph over the Dodgers. Betts spent the first six seasons of his MLB career in Boston and tallied a .301 average, 139 home runs, 470 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage.
Price was signed to a seven-year, $217 million contract by the Red Sox before the 2016 season. His best moment with the club was winning the clinching Game 5 of the 2018 World Series versus the Dodgers. He still has three years and $96 million left on his contract, so the Red Sox were able to dump a considerable amount of salary between him and Betts in this deal with Los Angeles.
The last time the Red Sox shed a ton of salary in a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers came in 2012, and they won the World Series the following season in 2013. It's hard to imagine a similar scenario unfolding in 2020 given the state of Boston's roster entering spring training, plus the fact the Red Sox still don't have a manager.