The Boston Red Sox hold in their hands the potential to change the entire 2020 season, and beyond, if they indeed opt to trade Mookie Betts. With the team vying to get under the luxury tax for next season, dealing Betts could be their best chance at doing so.
And per Bob Nightengale, one potential suitor could be the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nightengale claims that the Dodgers have held preliminary talks with the Red Sox over the possibility of a Betts swap.
The Dodgers are still engaged in discussions over a possible deal for Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, but if that doesn't come to fruition, they could set their sights on Betts.
Betts might not have replicated his MVP season at the plate last year, but a .295 average with 29 home runs, an AL-best 135 runs scored, and 6.8 WAR certainly qualifies as another exceptional season. He also bagged his fourth consecutive Gold Glove.
The Dodgers are a unique trade partner, as they have the perfect combination of MLB-proven starting players and elite prospects to make a deal work. It would certainly be ambitious, but Andrew Friedman will almost assuredly find a way to make this deal work if there is mutual interest.
Clearly, the Dodgers are hoping to make a splash via trade after having missed out on some of the league's most coveted free agents. While Betts has only one year of control left on his contract, he'd certainly make Los Angeles immediate favorites in the NL.