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Report: Red Sox will listen to trade offers for Mookie Betts in the offseason

Nick Friar
August 09, 2019 - 7:04 pm

Somehow the Red Sox pitching staff’s struggles may have an impact on Mookie Betts’ future in Boston. It sounds crazy, but it’s the basis behind what industry sources told MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. He’s reporting there’s a belief “the Red Sox will at least listen, yes, listen, to trade offers for Mookie in the winter.”

The logic behind the decision: get pitching prospects.

Now, the idea of letting Betts walk without getting a return may seem like a huge mistake on Boston’s part. If the Red Sox aren’t in contention by the trade deadline next year, it would be. But to give up on Betts before next season for unproven guys, no matter how highly touted they are, would be an unbelievably ridiculous gamble.

Prospects are great. The current Red Sox offense is primarily built on homegrown talent — Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and (this year) Christian Vazquez. But there’s still a risk. And as much as he’s not been the MVP player he was last year, Betts is still one of the best in the league.

So when it comes down to it, listening to offers is OK. Especially if the front office is overly concerned about the starting rotation. But making a move as early as this winter, that just seems unfathomable.