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Red Sox trade Mookie Betts + David Price to Dodgers; 2020 Offseason News Thread

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After months of speculation, Mookie Betts is heading west.

The Red Sox have agreed to trade the star outfielder, as well as lefty starter David Price, to the Dodgers, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Neither team has confirmed the news. A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that the Twins are the third team involved in the deal.

The baseball world is processing a blockbuster trade. Betts is one of Major League Baseball’s best players; he won the 2018 American League MVP Award and has placed in the top 10 in MVP voting three other times in the span of his six-year career. Last year, Betts hit .295 with 29 homers and scored a Major League-best 135 runs for Boston. Betts is also a four-time Gold Glove Award winner who can handle any position in the outfield. According to FanGraphs’ version of WAR, Betts has been the sport’s second-most valuable player behind Mike Trout since his first full season in 2015.

The Red Sox have been searching for solutions to their payroll situation throughout the winter in order to avoid paying the penalty for exceeding the competitive balance tax threshold (CBT) for a third time. The CBT threshold for the 2020 season is $208 million, and Boston’s CBT payroll figure stood at roughly $228 million, per Cot’s Baseball Contracts, as of this morning. The Red Sox would have to pay a 50% tax on the overages if they remain over the CBT threshold by Opening Day. Betts is owed $27 million this year aftersettling with the Red Sox to avoid arbitration, and he is set to lead the free-agent market next offseason. Therefore, Boston’s goals were twofold: offload salary to try and get under the CBT threshold, and recoup value for its superstar, Betts, before he potentially departed via free agency.

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How do you give away an absolute superstar like Mookie Betts for practically nothing? 

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6 hours ago, RazorStar said:

How do you give away an absolute superstar like Mookie Betts for practically nothing? 

They got rid of an awful contract and the owner is cheap as hell. 

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