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Dodgers: Alex Verdugo Hoping to Get His Chance to Beat Los Angeles

Dugie thinks he’s a better fit in Boston.



The Dodgers landing Mookie Betts back in February of 2020 came at a steep cost. While a few prospects might not seem like much, the deal was certainly built around Alex Verdugo being the main piece. 

The good news is that the move paid off immediately. The Dodgers signed Betts to a 12-year extension and went on to win a World Series in 2020. Alex Verdugo became an everyday player in Boston and is now projected to be their starting centerfielder in 2021. 

But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped thinking about the team that drafted him out of Sahuaro High School in 2014. Verdugo was asked at a press conference about watching the Dodgers win the World Series without him in 2020. Dugie was quick to say that he was happy for those guys, but it was also mixed emotions. 

I’m happy for the guys. It’s a bittersweet moment because at the same time, I want that ring, I want to be a champion. But I think things work out for reasons, and coming over here and being with Boston and being with staff and teammates and how I feel like I get along and I gel with the guys, I think the fit here is better. I think this is where I was supposed to be.

It would be odd for Verdugo to say he belongs with the Dodgers at his Red Sox media call, so we won’t ding him for that. But Dugie didn’t stop there. He went on to say that he hopes he gets a ring, and beating out Los Angeles to do so would make it all the sweeter. 

I think it’s going to make it more special when we do get that ring and I win it here…hopefully we see them and we get to beat them and get a little satisfaction that way. 

The bad news for Verdugo is that his team is projected to win just 80 games and finish 4th in the AL East. But Dodgers fans know what he is capable of, and know that he could help boost any team in a playoff push. 

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We miss Verdugo around Los Angeles. He was very fun to watch with the Dodgers and incredibly talented. We wish him all of the best out in Boston, just not against us. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Verdugo is talented, but nowhere near the level of Betts. In what was essentially a Verdugo for Betts deal, I’m pretty sure the Dodgers won out on that deal…regardless of what Verdugo’s career ends up being.

  2. Too much ego. One can only look at himself in the mirror so much before one thinks they are the greatest.

    • Verdugo was talented and fun, but I am so over it. Still, I wish him the best except when he plays against us.

  3. Duggie is so talented that Sox gave him centerfield position that Mookie couldn’t handle.Duggie will be a superstar in Boston winning a few batting titles gold gloves

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