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What the Red Sox are reportedly looking for in a Mookie Betts trade

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What the Red Sox are reportedly looking for in a Mookie Betts trade

The Boston Red Sox are entering an offseason of uncertainty. After the team won the World Series in 2018, they flopped in 2019 and were unable to make the postseason. They finished third in the AL East with a record of 84-78.

In the wake of their disappointing season, there may be some changes coming to Boston. The team has a goal to get under the $208 million mark with their payroll in order to avoid paying the luxury tax once again, and that could cause them to shed salary at some point.

One player who could be moved is Mookie Betts. The reigning AL MVP is set to be a free agent following the 2020 campaign so if the Red Sox can't afford to pay him long-term, they could opt to move him. But it is going to cost any potential suitor quite a lot to get him.

SNY's Matthew Cerrone recently spoke to a source that outlined what type of package it would take to land Betts.

To get Betts for just one season, I'm told Boston will need to replace him in the lineup, add an affordable, team-controlled, mid-rotation starter and bring in at least two top-100 prospects.

Cerrone would also say that teams like the Padres, Braves, Cardinals, Astros, Mets, Reds, and Brewers could target Betts. The Dodgers, and a package headlined by Joc Pederson and Kenta Maeda, were also mentioned.

It makes sense that Red Sox would command a big haul in return for Betts. After all, he's a 26-year-old slugger and an elite defender who can play anywhere in the outfield. Sure, he'll need to be paid a lot, but he's a legitimate year-in, year-out MVP-caliber player who could transform any lineup he is moved to.

While the Red Sox haven't committed to Betts, team president and CEO Sam Kennedy recently said "there is a way" the team could keep Betts and fellow slugger, J.D. Martinez.

That said, it's still looking more likely that Betts will depart the team at some point in the future. Even his teammates don't believe he'll be back, so Red Sox fans may want to start reading up on the best MLB prospects so they can familiarize themselves with the players they may get in any potential Betts trade.

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Tony La Russa hired by Angels after two seasons with Red Sox

Tony La Russa hired by Angels after two seasons with Red Sox

After spending the last two seasons as ex-Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski's assistant, Tony La Russa is headed out west.

The Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday they've hired La Russa as their Senior Advisor of Baseball Operations.

La Russa's exit from Boston adds to what's been a complete overhaul of the front office following the firing of Dombrowski. Former Tampa Bay Rays Senior VP of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom was hired last month to replace Dombrowski with the new title of "Chief Baseball Officer."

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Report: There is 'great skepticism' teams will pay up for Mookie Betts

Report: There is 'great skepticism' teams will pay up for Mookie Betts

The No. 1 Red Sox offseason storyline to keep tabs on this winter is their difficult situation with Mookie Betts.

Betts will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season if he and the Red Sox fail to agree on a contract extension before then. With Boston looking to shed payroll and J.D. Martinez opting into his contract, there's plenty of speculation the superstar right fielder could be traded for a package of top prospects.

But according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there's some doubt that teams interested in Betts will be willing to giving up the farm for one year of the 2018 American League MVP.

Needless to say, new Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom has his work cut out for him.

That work begins this week at the GM meetings in Arizona, where Bloom and the rest of the Red Sox brass aims to get some clarity on which direction the organization is heading for 2020 and beyond. That process, of course, begins with Betts.

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