The Mookie Betts Trade Could Mean Another Curse for the Red Sox

By Scott Manning
Feb. 06, 2020

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox could have just brought back the curse of the Bambino in Boston. The Red Sox traded Mookie Betts, and Pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Alex Verdugo. That my friends is a very stupid move on the part of the Red Sox and here's why.

Let's go back to 2018 when the Red Sox won the World Series over the LA Dodgers. Betts was the A.L. MVP that year. Betts, hit .346/.438/.640, I grant you the Red Sox had a dismal 2019, and as far as Betts goes, .295/.391/.524 in 2019 and he finished 8th in the MVP vote.

All the Red Sox did was hand the Los Angeles Dodgers the World Series for 2020. Look at the Dodgers lineup with Betts in it. The Dodgers are loaded with hitting and now with pitching. The hitters now include Mookie Betts, N.L. MVP Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Max Muncy and top prospect Gavin Lux. The Pitching now includes David Price, Clayton Kershaw and the rest of the Dodgers starters, absent however is Kenta Maeda who was traded to the Minnesota Twins as part of this blockbuster deal.

Red Sox nation as you expect was fuming over the deal. A lot of fans have said the curse of the Bambino has been reborn. Think back to when Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees, everything went wrong in Boston after that. It took 86 years for the Red Sox to win the World Series.

Fans took to WEEI in Boston to show their dismay over the whole deal and some fans even cried over the deal because to many people that was their franchise, now he's gone.

The numbers don't lie people..

LAD.. Odds on winning the World Series:

Before Trade 7-1.

After Trade 4-1.

NL Pennant:

Before Trade:

Plus 300

After Trade:

Plus 150

Win total for the Dodgers has gone form 99 to 100.

BOS.. Odds on winning the World Series

Before Trade 20-1

After Trade 25-1

Win total has gone form 87.5 to 86.5

Who did the Red Sox get in return, they got outfielder Alex Verdugo, he hasn't played since August 4th due to a back injury. He only has 377 plate appearances and he hit .294/.342/.475. The Red Sox made very stupid move on only getting this guy.

Here are some final thoughts..

The Red Sox have done it again, they have made a bonehead move trading Mookie Betts to the Dodgers for some prospects. The curse of the Bambino may have just been reborn because let's face it, Mookie Betts was the franchise for the Red Sox. I am going to say this now, we might not be seeing the Red Sox in the World Series again anytime soon because this was the Babe Ruth Trade all over again and Red Sox nation knows it.

Bottom Line..