The fan reaction around baseball over the trade that sent Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been largely negative, centering on the fact that the Red Sox seem to be most concerned about money and were willing to deal a franchise player in order to gain payroll flexibility.
But one fan base that should be rejoicing over Betts' departure is in Baltimore, where the Orioles can rest easy knowing they won't have to face Betts 19 times a season. In his career, Betts has posted a .299/.390/.543 slash line with 20 home runs (his most against any other team) and 59 RBIs.
The Orioles were a competitive team for the first three years of Betts' career, but a full rebuild that began midway through the 2017 season and is expected to continue through this year has made Baltimore an easy target for Betts.
They won't need to worry about that any longer, however, as Betts will be playing the 2020 season in the National League and isn't scheduled to face the Orioles.
He will be a free agent after next season, though. So Baltimore will have told hold out hope that he doesn't return to the AL East in 2021.
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