In less than 15 months after winning the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox have fired their general manager and manager, are in the middle of a sign stealing controversy and just traded away arguably their best position player of the last 50 years.
After weeks of speculation and rumors, the Red Sox came to terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers, shipping Mookie Betts and David Price to LA, in exchange for outfielder Alex Verdugo and a pitching prospect from the Minnesota Twins organization, Sports Illustrated reports.
Talks between the Dodgers and Red Sox reportedly had been going on for days now, with the San Diego Padres still in the mix as recently as Tuesday, according to reports.
However, the Dodgers had the payroll flexibility to acquire both Betts and Price, which the Padres did not. Red Sox management had made clear they wanted to keep Betts in a Red Sox uniform, but the superstar outfielder has been adamant about wanting to enter free agency next winter. The logic being that trading Betts before free agency begins, they don't risk letting him walk away, with no players or prospects in return.
When Betts eventually signs a new contract, it will surely be one of the biggest contracts in the history of Major League Baseball. It is expected Betts will command an average annual salary exceeding $30 million a year. The average annual salary last year in MLB was $4.36 million in 2019.
The minimum salary in MLB will rise to $563,500 next season, a hike of $8,500. Under MLB's collective bargaining agreement with the players' association, the minimum was $535,000 in 2017, $545,000 in 2018 and $555,000 in 2019.