With last week’s blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox fans are apprehensive. In 2019 they finished in third place at 84-78. Injuries to the starting pitching hindered any hope of repeating. Hopefully, Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi can stay healthy. In this post, we will examine three areas why the organization benefitted in the Mookie Betts trade. What The Red Sox receive In the Mookie Betts And David Price Trade Prospects Their is a saying in baseball that prospects mean nothing. This may be true with this trade. On the flip side, Dustin Pedroia’s career is over. The club has no real back up catcher behind Christian Vazquez. Kevin Plawecki was signed during the off_ season. Plawecki is a career 218 hitter spending time with the Mets and Indians. In return for Betts and Price, the Sox receive Catcher Connor Wong and infielder Jeter Downs. In three minor league seasons, Wong is a career 275 hitter. He has some pop with 48 home runs. Downs can play either shortstop or second base. In a couple of years, Downs could be the starting second baseman The third player Alex Verdugo is a fourth outfielder. In two seasons with the Dodgers, he is a career 282 hitter.
Cap Flexibility In 2019 the Red Sox had the highest payroll in baseball. Overall, the club spent 244 million dollars on David Price, Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, and Stephen Pearce. All four players suffered season_ ending injuries. By moving Betts and Price, the Sox payrolls down to 193,000,000. Granted, the club has to pay 14,000,000 dollars of Prices contract. The deal does give the club some wiggle room to add another pitcher or two. Fresh Outlook If anything the Red Sox have a fresh outlook for the upcoming 2020 season. the 2019 team was heavily criticized for being non _likable. Pitcher David Price lashed out at broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. This did not sit well with fans and the media. If Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi can stay healthy, the club should be better in 2020 even without Betts. Looking Ahead With a new manager in Ron Roenicke and a healthy pitching staff the Red Sox should have a successful 2020. Depending on the outcome of the cheating scandal the Red Sox will move on from this grey cloud.