San Diego Padres: How a trade for Mookie Betts could work

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Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox and Padres trade rumors. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

We look at how the San Diego Padres might be able to pull off a trade for Boston Red Sox outfielder and former MVP, Mookie Betts.

San Diego Padres news has been quiet since the Winter Meetings, but we finally have something to talk about with Mookie Betts trade rumors picking up.

On Thursday Dennis Lin of The Athletic (subscription required) reported that the Padres and Red Sox had at least discussed a possible trade involving Mookie Betts and Wil Myers.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (subscription required) added to that report by saying that the hold up was the amount of money the Red Sox would have to take on from Myers.

What we all have to keep in mind here is that a trade happening is very, very unlikely. But it’s January and we need something to talk about, and what better than a potential trade for an MVP player?

Boston is apparently looking to get under the luxury tax and moving Betts and the $27 million he’s owed in 2020 will certainly help make that happen. But, not if they take back Myers’ contract in the process, so I’m having a really hard time seeing how that particular deal makes sense for the the Red Sox.

The only thing I can figure is that Boston is almost willing to punt the 2020 season, which is possible considering they just lost their manager and could have more penalties coming down once MLB is done investigating them for using electronic devices to steal signs.

As for the Padres side of it, I don’t really understand why they’d want to bring in Mookie for one year knowing they probably won’t be able to re-sign him after the season.

It’s not like San Diego is a Mookie Betts trade away from being World Series contenders in 2020. But he certainly would give them a formidable offense that could potentially compete for the division, and certainly they’d become favorites for an NL Wild Card spot.

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