Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Trolley Dodgers Still Lurking In Possible Trades For Either Lindor Or Betts

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According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still looking to upgrade their "close-but-no-cigar" roster with mega-deals for one of two upcoming free-agent superstars. Reportedly, their top target is Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, but they are also in on our own Mookie Betts. In either case, the top trade chip coming back would be Dodger shortstop Corey Seager—which makes zero sense for the Red Sox, who just re-upped their own shortstop Xander Bogaerts to a long-term deal. The Dodgers seem desperate to make that final step to actually win a World Series—a goal that has eluded them twice in the last three years. Betts will be a free-agent next season, Lindor not until 2022. Also, Lindor will only make about $16 million this coming year—compared to about $30 million for Mookie. So, chances are Mookie will not be heading for Chavez Ravine. Of course, that still leaves Chaim Bloom facing an almost impossible mandate from owner John Henry—to get the franchise under the luxury tax threshold. Stay tuned!