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MLB Rumors: What Mets offered Red Sox in Mookie Betts trade talks

MLB Rumors: What Mets offered Red Sox in Mookie Betts trade talks

The Boston Red Sox (eventually) found a willing Mookie Betts trade partner in the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom reportedly had other options on the table.

The New York Mets exchanged "several" trade proposals with the Red Sox regarding Betts this offseason, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reported Wednesday.

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The Mets viewed their own young outfielder, Jeff McNeil, as off-limits in trade talks, per Sherman. But here's who New York was considering dealing to Boston in exchange for Betts, via Sherman -- and why those deals fell through.

The Mets offered packages centered around Brandon Nimmo or J.D. Davis and one of their top infield prospects, Andres Gimenez or Ronny Mauricio. But that did not muster enough traction, especially because to make any deal work the Mets were going to have to counteract Betts’ $27 million 2020 salary by likely including Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie.

The structure of those packages is similar to what the Red Sox eventually received from L.A. for Betts and David Price: A young major-league-level outfielder with upside (Alex Verdugo) an infield prospect (Jeter Downs) and a catching prospect (Connor Wong).

Verdugo arguably has higher upside than Nimmo or Davis, but Davis hit .307 with 22 home runs and an .895 OPS last season at age 26.

Gimenez and Mauricio both are among MLB.com's Top 100 prospects, although lower on the list than Downs (No. 44): Mauricio is at No. 62 and Gimenez at No. 84.

It's easy to see why talks fell through, though: Boston would have had to absorb the contracts of Cespedes or Lowrie (both former Red Sox), which may have pushed the club over the $208 million luxury tax.

The Red Sox got under that threshold by having the Dodgers pick up part of Price's contract and still got what looks like a better haul from L.A's rich farm system than New York could have offered.

Pedro Martinez relives glory days with iconic Sports Illustrated cover

Pedro Martinez relives glory days with iconic Sports Illustrated cover

Twenty years ago, the Boston Red Sox were in the 82nd year of the Curse of the Bambino. There was some hope, though, in the form of the most electric pitcher in baseball.

That pitcher, of course, was Pedro Martinez. The Red Sox legend was coming off a historic 1999 season in which he earned his second Cy Young Award and finished as the American League MVP runner-up. His 23 wins, 2.07 ERA, and 313 strikeouts topped the league, and he continued to exert his dominance over opposing hitters the following season.

Sports Illustrated previewed the 2000 campaign by featuring Martinez on their iconic cover. They even went as far as to predict the Red Sox would win a World Series title with Martinez leading the charge.

On Friday, Martinez took a trip down memory lane and posted the cover to Twitter.

How's that for nostalgia?

Obviously, the Red Sox had to wait four more years before they finally broke the curse. Still, that's a cover to hold on to if you still have some old Sports Illustrated magazines laying around your household.

In 2000, Martinez earned his third Cy Young, going 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA, 284 strikeouts, and an absurd 0.74 WHIP.

Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh shares adorable comic he made to cheer up nephew

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Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh shares adorable comic he made to cheer up nephew

Baseball's regular season was supposed to begin on Thursday. Alas, that didn't happen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The absence of baseball left many across the country a bit melancholy, including the nephew of recently signed Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh. But McHugh did what he could to cheer him up.

As McHugh detailed on Twitter, he wrote a little comic for his nephew. He also took the time to share the wholesome comic so his fans could see it.

That's a kind gesture by McHugh and the comic itself is adorable. Let's hope it brightened his nephew's day a little bit.

McHugh joined the Red Sox late in the offseason after spending the previous six seasons with the Houston Astros. In 2019, he went 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.

McHugh was rehabbing an elbow injury that was expected to keep him sidelined to start the Red Sox season, but he was eventually expected to compete for a job in the bullpen or starting rotation.