The Los Angeles Dodgers has arguably been the best team in baseball the last five years. Unfortunately, they have no World Series championship to show for it. Last year, they were upset by the eventual champions, Washington Nationals in the NLCS. The two years before, they were beaten by the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox in the World Series. The Dodgers have a stacked lineup and a great pitching staff. Clayton Kershaw is arguably this generations best pitcher. The issue is that his regular season greatness hasn’t translated into the postseason. The Dodgers would do almost anything to finally bring home their first championship since 1988. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have agreed on a blockbuster deal.
The Red Sox sent over Mookie Betts and David Price. The Dodgers have stated that the 2020s will be their decade. The Dodgers, dormant all winter, took a major step in that direction on Tuesday, by pulling off the most “right now” move of the Andrew Friedman era. They shipped off two pivotal, controllable players in exchange for Boston Red Sox superstar right fielder Mookie Betts, who will make $27 million in his final season before free agency. The Dodgers parted with Alex Verdugo, a talented young outfielder, and Kenta Maeda, a proven weapon for their rotation and their bullpen, and also agreed to take on a bulk of the $96 million remaining in left-hander David Price’s contract — all for one season of a player who might sign elsewhere next offseason. By adding Betts and Price, did this Los Angeles trade make them favorites to win it all?