It's not exactly a declaration that Boston is all-in on winning in 2020, but it’s also less than an acknowledgment that this diminished version of the Red Sox is clearly something less than a division contender.
“We at the Red Sox will remember this as one of the toughest, one of the most difficult, decisions we have ever had to make. We too love the young man, the great, great smile, the huge heart and the seemingly boundless talent he displayed here."
Boston Red Sox fans were not happy when their team traded superstar outfielder Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers this month, and nothing John Henry can say will make them feel better about the deal.
Former Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts used social media to tell Boston how he feels. “Nine years. Man, you were great to me, Boston,” the outfielder begins in a video posted to his social media accounts on Monday morning.
On Monday, the Mookie Betts trade version 2.0 was announced. Betts and veteran starting arm David Price were dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for highly regarded prospects Alex Verdugo, infielder Jeter Downs, and catcher Connor Wong.
The Boston Red Sox are off to a rough start in 2020. After having to part ways with Alex Cora and trading Mookie Betts, now starting pitcher Chris Sale is sidelined with a mild case of pneumonia to start spring training.