June 17, 2021

Why Red Sox fans are angry about the Mookie Betts trade — and why they shouldn’t be (ESPN)


Boston Red Sox fans are angry. Very angry.

It’s no surprise that there is outrage over the Mookie Betts deal. The 2018 AL MVP and now former Red Sox right fielder was one of the most beloved athletes in the city, particularly given his rise from rookie to superstar happened nightly in front of an adoring Fenway Park crowd. Now, that superstar is headed to Hollywood to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston’s new chief baseball officer, Chaim Bloom, said last month he expected Betts to be on the Opening Day roster. But over the past few weeks, trade negotiations heated up. With spring training right around the corner, Boston is bringing in Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol — young talent the team hopes will be a big part of its future — while one of Boston’s most popular players is leaving town, along with another World Series hero in starting pitcher David Price.

Here’s why fans are angry at the Red Sox — and at Betts — and whether that anger is justified.

Why they’re angry at the Red Sox

Read “Why Red Sox fans are angry about the Mookie Betts trade — and why they shouldn’t be” at ESPN