The Yankees’ path to a World Series just became a lot easier after the Boston Red Sox reportedly traded superstar Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
The deal is pending a medical review, according to ESPN. As to whom the Dodgers are sending back is unclear, but Boston is expected to take back a chunk of salary.
A third team is reportedly involved in the deal.
Betts, who was awarded a record $27 million in arbitration for 2020, will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason and there was no guarantee the Red Sox would be able to re-sign him to what could be a $400 million contract (Mike Trout’s 12-year, $426 million deal with the Angels, signed last March, stands as the baseball record.)
That led the Red Sox to shop Betts with a focus on building for the future under new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, who helped turn the Tampa Bay Rays into a playoff contender.
The 27-year-old Betts won the American League MVP in 2018 and the World Series the same season.
He also is a four-time gold glove winner for his work in right field.
Price, 34, is owed $96 million over the next three seasons. After being a postseason hero…