February 5, 2020
The Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins have agreed to a huge deal that will send Red Sox OF Mookie Betts and LHP David Price to the Dodgers that includes OF Alex Verdugo moving to the Red Sox. The Twins will get RHP Kenta Maeda.
- Dodgers get: Mookie Betts, David Price, cash (all from Boston)
- Red Sox get: Alex Verdugo (from Dodgers), Brusdar Graterol (from Twins)
- Twins get: Kenta Maeda (from Dodgers)
The 27-year-old Betts is coming off a season in which he hit .295/.391/.524 and finished eighth in American League MVP voting. He won the 2018 MVP, hitting .346/.438/.640 during the Red Sox’s championship-winning season.
Price is due $96 million over the final three years of a $217 million, seven-year deal he signed before the 2016 season. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner missed time last year with a wrist issue and went 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts.
The Dodgers would have gone into 2020 as the overwhelming favorites in the NL West without Betts but with him and Price the Dodgers have positioned themselves as the favorites to get back to the World Series.