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Red Sox star Mookie Betts meets distant relative Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex

Red Sox star Mookie Betts meets distant relative Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex

More than a year ago, The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham reported that Mookie Betts may be distantly related to the Meghan Markle, the American-born Duchess of Sussex, who is married to Britain's Prince Harry.

“That would be cool to meet her. I wonder if she’s a baseball fan?” Betts told Abraham at the time when he relayed the news, which came from the work of Burlington, Mass., amateur genealogist Jim McNiff.

Today in London, ahead of the Red Sox and Yankees first-ever MLB series there, Mookie met Meghan.

If not kissing cousins, at least hugging cousins now.

According to McNiff, the ancestors of Betts and Markle were from the same part of Alabama more than 150 years ago. 
 

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Padres still talking Wil Myers trade with this framework

MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Padres still talking Wil Myers trade with this framework

We have another plot twist in the Boston Red Sox' offseason of surprises.

The Red Sox and Padres have had "ongoing talks" in the last two days about a trade involving outfielder Wil Myers, The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reported Tuesday.

Myers was the centerpiece of the Padres' trade negotiations with Boston involving Mookie Betts, as San Diego was hoping the Red Sox would absorb some of the $61 million Myers is owed over the next three seasons.

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It appears Padres general manager A.J. Preller is still intent on unloading Myers, even after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Betts sweepstakes by sending Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong to the Red Sox.

Here's what Boston could get in return, per Acee, who notes the Padres would like the Sox to assume "about half" of Myers' remaining $61 million:

The Red Sox are interested in pitcher Cal Quantrill, as well as highly touted prospects Luis Campusano and Gabriel Arias, though the Padres are unlikely to part with all three. Quantrill is a central piece in the talks.

The Red Sox desperately need pitching after losing David Price and Rick Porcello this offseason. The 25-year-old Quantrill, whom San Diego picked eighth overall in the 2016 MLB Draft, is an intriguing young arm who made his major league debut last May.

Campusano is a 21-year-old catcher who ranks 50th on MLB's Top 100 prospects list for 2020, while Arias is a 19-year-old shortstop who ranks outside the Top 100 but earned an invite to Padres spring training this year.

The Red Sox seemingly have their outfield set with Andrew Benintendi in left field, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Alex Verdugo in right, with recent signing Kevin Pillar as a platoon backup.

But Boston has the money to take on the 29-year-old Myers -- who hit .239 with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs last season -- so the club may have interest in facilitating a Padres salary dump if it can get additional young talent from San Diego.

Mookie Betts isn't the Red Sox mishandled negotiation Tom Werner loses sleep over

Mookie Betts isn't the Red Sox mishandled negotiation Tom Werner loses sleep over

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tom Werner still wonders about one who got away, and it's not Mookie Betts.

The Red Sox chairman wishes the Red Sox could've found a way to keep the All-Star outfielder, but he doesn't regret the team's offers, which he considered aggressive.

There is one player he wishes the team had handled differently, though.

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"I go to sleep at night thinking that maybe we could've made another offer to Jon Lester that maybe would've bridged the gap," Werner admitted on Monday. "I think we made (Betts) what we consider fair and generous offers. As John (Henry) said, I think it was all right for Mookie to want to test the market."

The Red Sox botched the Lester negotiations in spring training of 2014, offering the homegrown All-Star left-hander a four-year, $70 million contract. Lester's camp never even countered, believing the gulf between the team's offer and their ask would make them look greedy once it inevitably leaked.

They were probably onto something, because not long ago WEEI's Lou Merloni reported that Red Sox offered Betts a 10-year contract worth roughly $300 million, while the player countered at 12 years and $420 million, a figure the Red Sox simply weren't willing to reach.

"Free agency plays into many decisions clubs like ours have to make," Henry said. "Today's players spend years in the minor and major leagues earning the right to be paid in a free market, earning the right to make choices. They make significant sacrifices to get there and they deserve what they receive."

Things worked out for Lester. He was traded to the A's that July before signing a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs. The Red Sox engaged with him that offseason, but fell well short of Chicago's offer, instead entering 2015 with the five aces that turned out to be zero aces en route to another last-place finish.

All Lester has done since is make two All-Star teams, finish second in the Cy Young voting, win at least 18 games twice, and lead the Cubs to their first World Series in over 100 years.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, overcompensated for his loss not once, but twice, first by signing David Price to a record seven-year, $217 million albatross of a contract to replace him, and then by extending ace Chris Sale last spring, despite injury concerns, to avoid a repeat of the Lester fiasco.