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MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Padres have discussed Mookie Betts trade

MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Padres have discussed Mookie Betts trade

A Mookie Betts trade this offseason still appears to be in the realm of possibility for the Boston Red Sox.

According to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the Red Sox and San Diego Padres have discussed a potential deal involving the superstar outfielder.

Lin writes:

Recent talks between the teams have focused on sending a significant amount of prospect talent and outfielder Wil Myers to Boston, according to sources. Multiple people familiar with the discussions characterized an agreement as unlikely, and the industry consensus is that Betts will be in a Red Sox uniform on Opening Day. Yet both sides appear to have legitimate interest.

As our own John Tomase has noted, the Padres are a prospect-rich organization with all of the pieces necessary to acquire Betts if they want him. Throwing in Wil Myers would relieve San Diego of the $61 million owed to him over the next three seasons.

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On Monday, ESPN's Buster Olney wrote the Red Sox are looking to package David Price in any deal involving Betts to part ways with the $96 million remaining on the left-hander's contract.

Betts is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season if he and the Red Sox do not agree to a contract extension.

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Alex Verdugo injury: Red Sox outfielder gives latest timeline for his debut

Alex Verdugo injury: Red Sox outfielder gives latest timeline for his debut

Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo likely will make the most prodund impact in the 2020 season of any player the team acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade, but fans might not see the 23-year-old on the field for a while.

Verdugo is dealing with a stress fracture in his back, and as a result, he's unlikely to be in the Red Sox lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays for the March 26 Opening Day game at Rogers Centre. A back injury also forced him to end his 2019 season in early September.

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"It'll probably be just a little bit after opening day," Verdugo told a few young Red Sox fans Wednesday while signing autographs at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. When asked if he would return a couple weeks after Opening Day, Verdugo responded, "Yeah, I think a couple weeks."

Check out the exchange in the video below:

Verdugo batted .294 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI and a .342 on-base percentage in 106 games for the Dodgers last season. He was one of three players, including shortstop Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong, acquired by the Red Sox from the Dodgers in exchange for Betts and starting pitcher David Price.

WIth Verdugo not expected to be healthy for Opening Day, newly acquired Kevin Pillar likely will begin the season as the starting right fielder alongside Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr.

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How Jonathan Lucroy factors into Red Sox' catcher plans after signing

How Jonathan Lucroy factors into Red Sox' catcher plans after signing

Jonathan Lucroy officially is a member of the Boston Red Sox.

But don't expect him to challenge Christian Vazquez for the starting catcher job.

The Red Sox have added Lucroy to their spring training roster as a non-roster invite, the team announced Wednesday.

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That means the 33-year-old catcher is on a minor league contract, as Mass Live's Chris Cotillo reported Tuesday morning, and likely will begin the year at Triple-A Pawtucket unless he outperforms current backup Kevin Plawecki in spring training.

Lucroy also will face competition from four other non-roster invites: Juan Centeno, recent addition Connor Wong, Roldani Baldwin and Jett Bandy.

Plawecki figures to be the No. 2 to Vazquez, who caught a career-high 138 games last season.

Lucroy has a more impressive pedigree -- he's a two-time All-Star and 10-year MLB veteran who spent five seasons as Ron Roenicke's catcher on the Milwaukee Brewers -- but hasn't been very effective while bouncing between five teams over the last four seasons.

The Red Sox appear to be making a minimal investment in Lucroy, though, which could pay off if he has a strong 2020 spring training.