Will the Mookie Betts trade convince the Phillies to go “all-in” on Kris Bryant?
It’s time for the Phillies to go all-in for a blockbuster trade
After countless rumors and clickbait stories, it’s finally happened, but the Phillies aren’t part of it.
The Red Sox have officially traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a multi-team deal, according to Jeff Pasan of ESPN.
After Betts and the Boston front office experienced a “falling out” surrounding a possible extension for the former MVP, a trade seemed inevitable. With this move the Red Sox are able to shed a whole lot of salary, while the Dodgers add to their already ridiculously stacked roster.
So what does this mean for the Phillies? Well, for starters, it’s very obviously bad news. The Dodgers held the best record in the National League last season (106-56) and were a game away from making an appearance in the World Series. NL MVP Cody Bellinger led the way for Los Angeles as he absolutely tore through the league, hitting 47 homers and driving in 115 runs.
With the addition of Betts, the rich just got way, WAY richer.
For the most part, the Dodgers were always going to be the team to beat in the NL. And while any shot for the Phils to make a run seemed slim to begin with, the Dodgers adding yet another MVP makes it even slimmer.
However, this hyper-aggressive move by LA may finally wake up the Philly front office. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant is still out there, available to be acquired by trade. After losing his grievance with the Chicago organization, Bryant and his agent are surely actively pushing for a trade out of there.
Baseball is won by having “blue-chip players;” Talent that you can count on to go above and beyond and regularly account for wins. The Phillies have one: Bryce Harper. The Dodgers now have three: Bellinger, Betts, and Clayton Kershaw. Adding a guy like Bryant at least starts to close down that gap.
Fans were screaming for Bryant well before the Mookie deal went down, but with the Dodgers now looking borderline invincible, Bryant may truly be the Phillies last hope in 2020.