The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favourites to land Betts, and Nightengale added that Boston want Los Angeles to cover some of Price’s contract. San Diego Padres, per Rosenthal, are still involved in discussions.
Alex Verdugo and Jeter Downs are two of the players thought to be involved in a potential trade package. Top prospects Dustin May and Gavin Lux have been deemed untouchable. The Dodgers could be adding a legitimate MVP candidate without tearing their farm up. If all it takes is to cover plenty of Price’s contract, this could represent a serious bargain for the team that have dominated the National League West in recent years.
It is, admittedly, only a year of Betts, and the Dodgers would likely have to pay in the $300 million range to retain him for 2021 and beyond. Still, this Dodgers team has been so close to World Series glory, they are a postseason stalwart. Betts is a transformative player, a pure superstar hitter and elite defender. Price, while no longer an elite pitcher, would add to a rotation that lost Hyun-jin Ryu this offseason.
A quiet winter, a winter that saw Gerrit Cole join the New York Yankees and Anthony Rendon sign with the Angels without much noise from Dodger Stadium, could be about to take off. The Dodgers have been a force in Major League Baseball in recent years, and their front office has mastered roster construction. This Betts and/or Price trade could be another example of a team building a 100-win roster without drastically compromising their future.
The Dodgers already have a preposterous collection of talent. Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Max Muncy will be joined by Lux full-time in 2020. Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler will be supported by May. Add Betts and Price to this group and they might just be championship favourites.