The Dodgers making the huge trade for Mookie Betts in February of this year was the headline of the decade. Every fan in Los Angeles immediately started to pencil in a championship for 2020, not knowing what was to come.
The world obviously shut down and the excitement quickly turned to anxiety. Dodgers fans’ worst fears of losing Mookie before playing a game got very real. But as it always does, baseball found a way to come through for all of us.
And because of that, we get to see Mookie Betts in a Dodgers uniform for a very long time now. But as it turns out, Mookie was very close to being in Dodger blue last year. President of Baseball Operations mentioned a possible trade on the Off-Air podcast with Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser this week.
We did[try to trade for him before the deadline in 2019], and they were open to it but wanted to push pause and see how things went in their series in Tampa…I think they went in there and swept the Rays and after that said ‘You know what to give it a run here over the last two months’ and kind of shut down talks at that point.
The series that Friedman is referring to was in late July of last year against the Rays. The Red Sox actually took 2 of 3, but that put them in a spot where they felt they could compete. Boston would go on to lose their division by 19 games and miss the playoffs altogether. And the Dodgers…well we all know what happened.
It just goes to show you how badly the Dodgers and Andrew Friedman have wanted Mookie Betts in Los Angeles. He continues to talk about the trade and how it went down, so if you have time I highly recommend giving it a listen.