Boston Red Sox: Mookie Betts to the Padres, a trade simulation

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 29: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after being doused by Gatorade after scoring the game winning run on a walk-off single hit by Rafael Devers #11 during the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles on September 29, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 29: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after being doused by Gatorade after scoring the game winning run on a walk-off single hit by Rafael Devers #11 during the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles on September 29, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Trade Simulator: Betts to the Padres

  • San Diego Padres get:
    • RF, Mookie Betts
    • LHP, David Price

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Utilizing Baseball Trade Values’ trade simulator, a web tool that calculates a player’s value when proposing trades, the above deal ultimately makes the most sense between the Red Sox and the Padres. Here are several reasons why.

Firstly, the Red Sox would shed salary. David Price is still owed $32M in each of the next three seasons. Also, given Betts’ status in the game, he was rewarded with the largest arbitration contract in baseball history, $27M.

Sure, they’d take on Wil Myers’ $20M in each of the next three seasons plus Stammen’s $4M in each of the next two, but overall the Red Sox would save over $50M. They could also catch lightning in a bottle with the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Myers

What’s more, the Red Sox will also obtain a top MLB prospect in Luis Patino. Sure, he’s not MacKenzie Gore,  but he is a top prospect not just in the Padres organization, but in all of baseball as well.

Also, in Luis Perdomo and Craig Stammen, the Red Sox would be getting two quality relievers. One posted his best season last season at the age of 26. The other, a seasoned veteran who has posted a 2.93 ERA in 384 appearances since 2011.

As for San Diego, the Padres would become Immediate World Series contenders and arguably the best team in the National League. Their lineup would feature the likes of Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, and Tommy Pham to name a few players.

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Their rotation would be anchored by one of the best veteran pitchers in the game in David Price and also feature the likes of Chris Paddack, Garret Richards, and Zach Davies among others.