Mookie Betts is the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and we are bound to see fireworks out of Betts, not just on Friday nights.
After being relatively quiet for most of the offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers granted every fan’s wish of a massive acquisition and acquired Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong.
The Dodgers also acquired a top-100 prospect to offset the loss of Downs by adding Brusdar Graterol from the Minnesota Twins. The Dodgers packaged Kenta Maeda, prospect Jair Camargo and cash in exchange for Graterol, who is poised to be an impact arm in the bullpen this year, and Luke Raley, who is on the 40-man roster.
As a result, we have a Dodger team that has mostly rolled over from the year before but has some notable new faces and undoubtedly improved from last season. That is a scary thought for the league, as the Dodgers set a franchise record with 106 wins last season.
The acquisition of Betts trumps the Manny Machado trade, the Yu Darvish trade and even the Adrian Gonzalez (and company) trade from 2013. The only other recent trade that I can remember the fans being this excited about was when the team added Manny Ramirez, and we saw how good that went for a short period of time.
Betts is electric and just to be able to see him playing in Dodger blue is a blessing for the fans. Here is how we expect his 2020 season to go, with three bold predictions.