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It's Official: Mookie Betts Traded to Los Angeles Dodgers


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Mookie Betts traded to LA Dodgers
Mookie Betts is leaving Boston behind after the trade to the LA Dodgers finally went through. CJ Gunther/Shutterstock.

Fans have been waiting for far too long on news of a final Mookie Betts deal with the LA Dodgers. Finally, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan that the deal is finally done.

Mookie Betts will now be wearing Dodger blue and the Boston Red Sox will be getting outfielder Alex Verdugo and shortstop Jeter Downs. Also headed to the Red Sox is catcher Connor Wong.

Originally, there was a three-team mega-deal going down that was to send Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers in exchange for Alex Verdugo and Minnesota Twins pitching top prospect Brusdar Graterol. That deal was held up when the Red Sox expressed concerns over Graterol's arm health. Graterol had Tommy John surgery in 2016, bounced back well, but then had shoulder soreness that relegated him to a relief role last year.

Betts, the 2018 MLB MVP, is well-known among baseball fans, as is the work of Alex Verdugo, but Downs and Wong, though certainly less well-known, have a high ceiling. Downs, split between two minor league teams in 2019 hit a combined slash line of .276/.362/.526 in 119 games according to Baseball Reference. He also hit 24 homers and has 86 RBI with a respectable .888 OPS.

Baseball Reference shows that Wong had similar numbers with efforts split between two minor league teams. He combined in 2019 for a slash line of .281/.336/.541 in 111 games and hit 24 homers and 82 RBI. He also had a respectable OPS of .878.

With this trade finally coming to fruition, the Los Angeles Dodgers, with an already dangerous lineup, are now even more fully loaded. The 2020 season should be interesting in the NL West.

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