The Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Dodgers in order to get under the luxury tax threshold and ensure the club got a return back for someone who wasn’t coming back in free agency. There might be a chance that their new face of the franchise ends up being shipped off as well.
Joel Sherman, a reporter for the New York Post, wrote on Monday that the New York Mets could be interested in Bogaerts via trade. “Maybe after dealing Betts and seeing him win a title with the Dodgers, the Red Sox will not break down any further. But the Mets should call to be positive. Bogaerts has five years at $100 million left. He is not as good a shortstop as Lindor, but he is good and the kind of righty bat the Mets lineup needs,” Sherman wrote.
If you’re looking at the Mets’ point of view, Bogaerts would absolutely help them fill a hole at shortstop that is being filled by Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez. They would get a shortstop that isn’t as big of a name as Francisco Lindor, but Bogaerts’ contract would be team-friendly considering their new owner, Steve Cohen, is worth $14.6 billion.
But in a trade, you need two sides to tango, and there’s no way the Red Sox would tango. Boston views Bogaerts and Rafael Devers as their most important pieces to getting back to being a contender. It’s also important to note that once Betts was shipped off to Los Angeles, Bogaerts has stepped into the leader role quite nicely.
Imagine what the fan base would think if Chaim Bloom came in as the Chief Baseball Officer and his first major moves were trading their best player in Betts and then their second-best player in Bogaerts. The Mets could dream about a Bogaerts trade but they don’t have the prospect capital to complete a deal.
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