Betts To Padres Possibility A Grand Slam

Betts To Padres Possibility A Grand Slam

With the Braves signing Marcell Ozuna this week, and the White Sox going with more of a buffet approach, it looked like the best Mookie Betts trade possibilities were off the table. Out of the cold air last night came a warm blast from San Diego. Hot Stove indeed. According to The Athletic, and confirmed by Alex Speier, discussions between the Red Sox and Padres have begun on a Mookie trade. So what's on offer?

Padres System

The Padres graduated consensus top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. in 2019 and still boast one of the top farm systems in all of baseball. Mackenzie Gore is a left handed fireballing starting pitcher stud, and Taylor Trammell is a top Outfield prospect. It is a rumored the declining Wil Myers would be part of the deal to offset Mookie's salary. But the truth is his remaining three years at $22 Million per is great news for the Red Sox. That means they can get higher quality prospects. The Red Sox were reportedly looking for two top prospects in return for Betts. The Boston Globe reported earlier this morning what we've been saying for a long time, the Sox would indeed get a better return than what the Diamondbacks got for Paul Goldschmidt. And with a farm system this deep, Chaim Bloom can flex his small market, prospect mining skills. Honestly, the sixth or seventh best Padres prospect would probably push for first in the Red Sox system. And if the Sox could somehow wrangle Closer Kirby Yates into this deal...consider the bullpen rebuilt.

Why Trade Mookie

It's a fact that Mookie is going to free agency and wants to break the bank after 2020. The Red Sox simply have to get their payroll below $209 Million by the end of 2020 or suffer serious penalties in terms of draft picks. It's possible the Red Sox will have a small penalty from the Commissioner's office for any 2018 sign stealing shenanigans. But they might be losing draft picks regardless. And if they lose draft picks because of payroll plus a cheating scandal they are really behind the eight ball. The Sox currently have around $240 Million in payroll. It's complicated, but Wil Myers costs $13 Million against the payroll in 2020, despite his $22 Million AAV. That would knockg $14 Million, more or less, off the payroll. Yates is $7.5 Million so it would cut that savings in half, which means that's a long shot. The point is the Padres have many possibilities to fix the Red Sox problems.

If the Red Sox want to reboot as quickly as possible, trading with the Padres is the way to go. Very few teams have the depth of farm system the Padres can offer, and if it happens Chaim Bloom will have done the best he possibly can to start to right the ship . Go for it Red Sox.

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8 thoughts on “Betts To Padres Possibility A Grand Slam

  1. I don’t think Chaim has the guts to trade Mookie. I would hate to see him go but considering he might walk next year in free agency it is probably best to do. Padres would probably be able to give us the best return of prospects and/or established players. It would be an unpopular move but the Sox are not going to pay him (though they could) and just look at what the Nationals accomplished after trading Bryce Harper last year.

    1. I agree. The news for the Red Sox has been negative ever since the World Series in 2018 ended. The owners came out and said they’re reigning in spending, the team performed so poorly out of the gate while saying they were right to hold the pitchers back. The team finishes behind the Rays in the division, more talk about payroll, then this cheating scandal. Betts has continued to send signals that he’s gone after 2020. Honestly, if Bloom does pull this off it will start to turn the page. And yes, the Nats are a great comp. Mookie, after all, has 1 HR and a .220ish average in over 80 postseason at bats.

    1. There’s been more smoke each day. A few days ago Buster Olney has info buried in his column about the Sox needing two top prospects. This is a sign Bloom and co are getting the info out there as they’re talking with other teams. Then last night it comes out about the Padres. Then this morning Ken Rosenthal says on MLB Network the Sox and Pads are re-engaging on talks. Meaning they’ve already talked, probably at the winter meetings. Pretty sure the Athletic report is from the Padres point of view, Olney Red Sox. Will be surprising if it doesn’t happen, despite people saying it is unlikely. Seems like they’re nailing the final details down, i.e. how much of Myers contract do Sox pay vs which prospects come from the Padres.

  2. Love Mookie … our 2 year old Mastiff is named Mookie … but Mookie wants the totally set for life contract … send him to SD … he . and that little bitch Machado can sink into their dreams in obscurity.

  3. will miss Mookie a lot, but I don’t begrudge him his opportunity to secure the present and future for himself and his family. I am so sad bout cheating scandal and disappointed in Cora, who I thought was such a good manager and person. Was reminded of comment daughter whose movie star mom cheated to get her into college: “Why didn’t you belive In me to do it on my own? Same goes for Cora and Red Sox team. And then there’s newbe Chavis drugging up, I guess to fulfill is reputation. Shesh. Love baseball and the Red Sox, – just settle down and Play Ball.

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