The Mookie Betts era in Boston is over.
Here's a look at all the moving pieces, per MassLive's Chris Cotillo.
Too many people to credit, but it looks like this is the deal:— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 5, 2020
Red Sox get: OF Alex Verdugo, RHP Brusdar Graterol
Dodgers get: OF Mookie Betts, LHP David Price, cash
Twins get: RHP Kenta Maeda
The deal is pending the completion of physical exams.
It's not often you see a major market team that often spends big like the Red Sox trade away a franchise cornerstone player in the prime of his career, but with Betts entering the final year of his contract, there was a chance he could leave in free agency after the 2020 season with Boston getting nothing of value in return.
Betts is one of the league's elite position players and has a stocked trophy case that includes a 2018 American League MVP, three Silver Slugger awards, four Gold Glove awards, a 2018 AL batting title and a 2018 World Series ring that, ironically, came in a five-game triumph over the Dodgers. Betts spent the first six seasons of his MLB career in Boston and tallied a .301 average, 139 home runs, 470 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage.
Price was signed to a seven-year, $217 million contract by the Red Sox before the 2016 season. His best moment with the club was winning the clinching Game 5 of the 2018 World Series versus the Dodgers. He still has three years and $96 million left on his contract, so the Red Sox were able to dump a considerable amount of salary between him and Betts in this deal with Los Angeles.
The last time the Red Sox shed a ton of salary in a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers came in 2012, and they won the World Series the following season in 2013. It's hard to imagine a similar scenario unfolding in 2020 given the state of Boston's roster entering spring training, plus the fact the Red Sox still don't have a manager.