It’s getting safer and safer to say that the Dodgers firmly won the Mookie Betts trade. Mookie helped lead LA to a World Series championship in his first season in blue while all of the players the Dodgers sent to Boston have had mixed bags of success.
Including the one-time highly regarded shortstop prospect, Jeter Downs, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Thursday.
The Red Sox have designated Jeter Downs for assignment to make room for Masataka Yoshida.
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) December 15, 2022
Downs was a key piece of the trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers in February 2020. Former LA fan favorite Alex Verdugo and catcher/utility man Connor Wong were also involved in the deal.
The 23-year-old Downs made his big league debut with the Sox last season and struggled mightily at the dish. In 14 games and 41 plate appearances, he hit just .154 with a .427 OPS.
Before his time with Boston, the Dodgers had turned Downs into an intriguing prospect around baseball circles. He was initially drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2017 and was sent to the Dodgers in a massive trade that saw Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood head to Cincy. Downs worked his way up to being the 44th-best prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, before heading to Boston in the Betts deal.
Of course, covid knocked out the 2020 Minor League Baseball season and things seemed to careen off track for the budding star. Over his last two seasons at Triple-A, he hit just .193 with 30 home runs over 180 games. And things didn’t get any better after he made his big league debut this season.
From here, Downs will likely choose to explore the minor league free agent market and could even latch back on with the Dodgers, if both sides choose to go that route.
Andrew Fleeceman strikes yet again.