Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan have continued to provide the most accurate information this off-season and Rosenthal appears to be the hottest reporter for information regarding the Mookie Betts sweepstakes. The Dodgers and Padres are still the primary teams that are in on the Boston Red Sox star outfielder.
Rosenthal talked on the panel for MLB Network and went deep into what he believes will be the ultimate outcome of the Mookie Betts rumors: Betts to the Dodgers.
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Rosenthal still believes that the sweepstakes are a two-horse race:
“The teams we know are involved are the Dodgers and the Padres with entirely different motivations.”
Rosenthal went a bit further and examined the race between the NL West division rivals:
“The Padres have had nine straight losing seasons. You might say, ‘why would the Padres want Mookie Betts for one year at $27 million. Well, one aspect of this would be to get rid of Wil Myers, who is owed $61 million over the next three years. They would be willing to pare off pieces of their top-ranked farm system to do that and get Mookie Betts with a chance to have a kind of breakout season that they have been waiting for for nearly a decade.”
Then the long-time reporter went into the Dodgers side of things:
“We know why the Dodgers are in. They are the NL West favorite right now without Mookie Betts, but if they get him, they could become potentially a World Series favorite. They have been looking all off-season for an impact player. Remember, they were deep on Gerrit Cole, bid $300 million, and didn’t get him. They are in a financial position and a position of strength with their farm system where they can make a big move. They only want to make a big move.”
Hearing Rosenthal put things into perfect perspective is awesome. The Padres and Dodgers have two very different motivations for trying to get a deal done and we will see who emerges as the winner.