A blockbuster trade for Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts appears to be drawing closer to happening. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, trade talks for Betts are heating up and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to land him.
Reports emerged on Sunday that the Dodgers were gaining ground in discussions and becoming the likely destination for Betts. The Red Sox have become more determined than ever to trade the All-Star outfielder and a deal before spring training now appears likely.
Betts is coming off another outstanding season in Boston. The four-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award recipient finished the season with 29 homers, 80 RBI and a .915 OPS across 150 games.
The Red Sox focus remains on trimming payroll before the season and the front office has weighed whether or not to include pitcher David Price in a deal to further cut on spending and move under MLB’s luxury tax.
Betts is under contract for $27 million this season in the final year of his deal before free agency. Price is still owed $96 million total over the next three seasons and is coming off an injury-plagued campaign, which would diminish the potential return of prospects if he’s part of the deal.
The Dodgers have reportedly offered a package featuring outfielder Alex Verdugo and infield prospect Jeter Downs to Boston. The San Diego Padres, who are also discussing a potential trade for Betts, want to attach Wil Myers’ contract but can offer better prospects.