Did the Red Sox make a mistake trading Mookie Betts? | The Tylt
Did the Red Sox make a mistake trading Mookie Betts?
It's been just over 100 years since Boston traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. A move that started a curse that would follow the Red Sox for 85 years. They may have started a new one by trading away Mookie Betts.
The four-time All-Star has accomplished a lot at 27: winning a World Series, AL MVP, three Silver Sluggers, four Gold Gloves, defensive player of the year and a batting title—all in six seasons! That's an all-time six-year stretch to start a career.
If anyone deserves $400 million, it's Betts. This is a huge mistake by the Red Sox.
As good as Mookie Betts has been in six seasons, he isn't worth Mike Trout money. He definitely did well enough to reportedly earn a 10-year, $300 million extension offer from the team, but his counter of $420 million over 12 years (in the neighborhood of what Mike Trout got) is unrealistic. He has been great, but has he been Mike Trout great? Probably not.
Betts can't expect the Red Sox to build a championship team around him if they can't pay people. Sinking that much money into him would've made it difficult to sign top players to make a World Series run. Without Betts, the team can still compete for titles with more good players, instead of one great player and a bunch of scrubs.