On Tuesday, the Red Sox struck an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a three-team deal involving Betts, left-hander David Price and Alex Verdugo, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. He likely slots in to the front end of that group, and fortifies a perceived weakness for Minnesota. The Red Sox will also be paying a significant portion of Price's remaining three-year, $96 million contract.
The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal that would see Red Sox star outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price dealt to Los Angeles, according to reports.
Additionally, as a part of a separate deal, the Dodgers reportedly will trade Joc Pederson to the L.A. Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo, with other prospects and players involved as well.
Betts won the 2018 American League MVP and could command a contract this victor in excess of $400 million.
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Another aspect of these trades is that the Dodgers also to appear to still be below the luxury tax threshold, so they should be in a good position to sign Betts to a long-term deal when he presumably reaches free agency after the 2020 season. Betts won AL MVP honors in 2018 and has claimed four straight Gold Gloves. In 2019, hit.295 with a.391 on-base percentage, a.524 slugging percentage, 29 homers, 80 RBIs and a major-league-high 135 runs. With Betts officially gone, the Red Sox are now down to +3000.
Maeda, 31, finished 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA in 37 games (26 starts) previous year in his fourth season with the Dodgers.
World Series champion and 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor Price, who has three years remaining on his current deal, posted 128 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA for the Red Sox in 2019.