BAW GOD THAT’S RANDY NEWMAN’S MUSIC!!! The 2020 World Champions are here, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally make the move all Dodger fans have been waiting for. Mookie Betts and David Price are coming to Chavez Ravine. Betts unquestionably is either the second or third best player in all of baseball and Price will help bolster a rotation that is now setup to make a World Championship run. The Red Sox will also be sending a boat load of money to the the Dodgers in order to help pay for Price’s salary, as it sits now, the Dodgers will only be paying Price $15 million per year for the next three and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers got Betts with every intention of signing him to a massive deal that will keep him in Dodger blue for the next decade. With saying that, Betts is definitely going to entertain offers from everyone when he enters free agency at the end of the year but the Dodgers will have a leg up on the competition and will be actively recruiting Betts to stay in Los Angeles throughout the entire season.
Wow, I had zero faith in this front office and then they go and pull a move like this and totally redeem themselves. This is the biggest trade in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers, not one but now two MVP’s will be patrolling the outfield for the boys in blue.
This clearly puts the Dodgers as the front runners in the National League and puts them as the most likely co-favorite in Vegas to win the 2020 World Series, along with the New York Yankees. What a time to be alive if you are a Dodgers fan, all the heartache and missed opportunities this off-season have all been worth it to get this deal done. The details are slowly emerging as to where everyone will end up when the dust settles but right now it looks like the Red Sox will get Alex Verdugo and the Twins will help out as a third team in this deal receiving Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers and will send Brusdar Graterol to Boston. Maeda leaving the Dodgers gives him an opportunity
In a separate deal the Dodgers are sending Joc Pederson to the Angels in return for infielder Luis Rengifo. This move will create space for the Dodgers in the outfield and for the first time in recent memory have three everyday outfielders with Pollock, Bellinger and Betts. Although I understand the thought process behind this move, it seems weird to get rid of Pederson who has been turning himself into quite the force at the plate. The Dodgers have a bunch of cash invested in Pollock and must believe that he will be able to stay healthy and bounce back to form, again, somewhat of a head scratcher here but I can’t be too pissed about tonight’s outcome. Getting Price and Betts has softened the blow of losing Pederson. I have a feeling that this deal potentially could lead to the Dodgers making another move before Spring Training begins.
The second big thing to note for the Dodgers in the Betts deal is that they keep their three top prospects, Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz and Jeter Downs. At one time it seemed that the Dodgers were going to have to part with at least one of these guys and possibly two, instead, they keep them all.
I wrote a blog earlier with my “way too early” predictions that I will obviously be updating or writing something new because this completely shakes up the entire landscape of Major League Baseball. The Dodgers current lineup is projected to look something like this on Opening Day:
Bench – Barnes
Bench – Hernandez
Bench – Taylor
Bench – Beatty
and a pitching rotation that now looks like this:
There is the most likely 25 man roster on Opening Day for the Dodgers and it’s the best team on paper that this organization has posted since they won the World Championship in 1981 against the Yankees in six games and this team might be even better than that.
All in all, I couldn’t be any happier with this outcome. I assume that SB will write up a blog regarding the Red Sox and what they are going to do moving forward but for now I am going to stay up all night, watch all the MLB Network reports and party like it’s 1988, the last time we won a World Championship.