If there's one prediction we're willing to make before Spring Training, it's that Mookie Betts won't be a part of the Boston Red Sox by the time the team reports to Florida.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Tuesday that league officials have become even more confident that a trade for the All-Star outfielder is likely to happen, and those talks are spearheaded by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
It would seem that Betts, one of the best outfielders in the game, either wants a massive payday from the Sox, or he wants out. It was just reported earlier on Tuesday that Betts was offered a 10-year, $300 million deal from the Red Sox earlier in the offseason, but he declined and countered with a 12-year, $420 million deal.
While no possible deals have been made public from the Dodgers, packages from the Padres have reportedly been revealed by MLB insiders on Twitter, including one that would involve San Diego's top prospect Luis Campusano and veteran Wil Myers.
It seems best for the Red Sox to send Betts on his way, as he is demanding Mike Trout-type money from Boston. The Padres, a team trying to make it back to the playoffs, and the Dodgers, a franchise in pursuit of its first World Series in thirty years, could both really use an MVP-caliber outfielder like Betts.