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Red Sox want to keep Mookie Betts, but preparing 'Plan B or Plan C' if he decides to test free agency

Red Sox want to keep Mookie Betts, but preparing 'Plan B or Plan C' if he decides to test free agency

BOSTON -- Trading Mookie Betts is not a foregone conclusion, not for Tom Werner anyway.

The Red Sox team chairman said on Friday that the team has had talks with Betts' agents within the past two weeks and remains hopeful that the reigning American League MVP can be signed to a contract extension.

"We've stated publicly that we would hope he would stay with us the rest of his career," Werner said. "We have made proposals to him in the past and he did want to test free agency, which is his right. And we'll have some conversations with him going forward. But obviously there'll be a point where hopefully we can make a deal or we'll decide at that point what is plan B or plan C, but we haven't gotten to that point and we're very open to continuing discussions with him."

Betts has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining after signing a one-year, $20 million contract to avoid arbitration this season. He's due $28 million-$30 million this winter, but if the red Sox decide he's not interested in staying long term, they'll have to explore moving him.

Werner disputed the notion that Betts wants out.

"No, I think he loves the Boston Red Sox," he said.

Betts, who turns 27 Oct. 7, began the day hitting .294 with 29 homers, 79 RBI, and a 6.9 WAR that ranks sixth in the American League.

"We think he is one of the great players in baseball," Werner said. "Hopefully, there is a meeting of the minds going forward."

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Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez, Bobby Dalbec test positive for COVID-19

Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez, Bobby Dalbec test positive for COVID-19

Two more Boston Red Sox players have contracted COVID-19, including their projected Opening Day starter.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and third baseman Bobby Dalbec have tested positive for COVID-19, Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Tuesday.

Rodriguez currently is home in Miami and hasn't joined the team after recently being around someone who was sick. The 27-year-old still is "not feeling 100 percent," per Roenicke, but is feeling "better" than he has in recent days and has told his manager he still wants to pitch on Opening Day.

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The Red Sox begin their shortened 2020 season July 24 against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, and Rodriguez was set to start as Boston's de facto No. 1 starter with Chris Sale sidelined due to injury.

Dalbec also hasn't reported to Fenway Park for training camp and is asymptomatic, according to Roenicke.

The Red Sox now have had four players test positive for COVID-19, as pitchers Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor received positive tests last week.

Boston has been less impacted by the coronavirus than clubs like the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, who had to close their spring training facilities due to multiple positive tests. But the Red Sox haven't steered clear of the virus and will have to take precautions as Opening Day draws nearer.

Breaking down winners and losers of MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020

Breaking down winners and losers of MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020

How do you shorten each team's regular-season schedule by 102 games while maintaining parity?

The simple answer: You don't.

Major League Baseball unveiled its full 2020 regular season schedule Monday, in which teams will play 60 games total: 40 against division opponents and 20 against teams in the corresponding geographic division of the other league.

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This format obviously benefits clubs that play in weaker divisions while hurting teams that have to see more of their difficult opponents.

As you'll soon find out, for example, the Boston Red Sox will have their hands full playing three series apiece against the American League East rival New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in addition to facing several quality teams in the National League East.

So, who are the biggest winners and losers of MLB's unprecedented 60-game schedule? Let's dive in.

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