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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Report: Red Sox want to package Mookie Betts with David Price in trade

Mookie Betts

Whichever MLB team winds up trading for Mookie Betts may have to pay something of a tariff for him.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that the Boston Red Sox are seeking to package the former AL MVP with the contract of veteran pitcher David Price. The Red Sox are also said to be asking for a pair of frontline prospects.

Betts, 27, just agreed to a record one-year contract to remain in Boston but could still be on the move with the team looking to slash payroll. The 34-year-old Price, meanwhile, has three years and $96 million remaining on his deal.

While some heavy hitters are interested in Betts, he will be a free agent in a year’s time, meaning that the opportunity cost of taking on the Price anchor in addition to parting with multiple top prospects might just be too great.

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