It finally happened. The thing the entire basbeall world was waiting for, finally happened. The Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the sweepstakes, getting not only Betts but also David Price from Boston. In exchange, the Dodgers sent Alex Verdugo to the Boston Red Sox, and pitcher Kenta Maeda to the third team involved, the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins sent flamethrower Brudsar Graterol to Boston as a part of the deal. To make room for Betts, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded outfielder Joc Pederson to the crosstown Los Angeles Angels for Luis Rengifo. Both deals are pending medical reviews.
Betts hit .295/.391/.524 last year and finished 8th in the American League MVP Award race. Betts is on the final year of his contract and will be looking to cash-in this upcoming offseason with some analysts expecting his deal to be above the $400M plateau. Also heading to Los Angeles is 34-year-old pitcher David Price who is entering the 5th year of his 7-year deal.
Los Angeles has been quiet all off-season, missing out on top prizes such as Gerritt Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon. Trading for Betts adds to a great lineup that includes players such as the NL MVP Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and promising top prospect Gavin Lux.
In return, the Dodgers send young talent Alex Verdugo to Boston. Verdugo hit .294/.342/.475 in 377 plate appearances, taking over for injured A.J. Pollock in center field. Boston has Verdugo under their control through the 2024 season. Boston also received Brudsar Graterol from the Twins.
Graterol is 21-year-old Venezuelan pitcher who has a nasty slider and a sinker that hits 101 MPH and sits at 99. Last season in the minors he was 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA across Rk, AA, and AAA. Graterol has 11 MLB appearances, one of which was in the Divisional Series last year against the Yankees. Coming out of the bullpen, Graterol went 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA, but just looking at the stuff he throws can tell you he will be a force in the league.
After the trade happened, the Dodgers’ World Series odds went from 7-1 to 4-1, with their odds of winning the NL pennant going from +300 to +150.
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