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Red Sox finally trade Mookie Betts, include David Price (Updated)

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Red Sox reportedly sending both to west coast via trade

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Red Sox ownership has finally gotten their wish, as two of the team’s best but also most highly paid players are being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, per several reports this evening.

Boston was known to be shopping Betts, who is on the final year of his rookie contract that will pay out $27 million this season, as well as the should-have-been World Series MVP David Price and his three remaining seasons.

This is great news for the Rays overall, but in packaging them together the Red Sox are most assuredly receiving “salary relief” as part of the trade value.

As a consequence the trade return is likely to be limited to Alex Verdugo as the key piece, without a complementary chip from the Dodgers deep top-ten prospects.

The news is evolving, with the added wrinkle of possibly two other teams getting in on the traded so we will update as things move along!

UPDATE 1

Twins and Angels may or may not be involved, with the Twins facilitating Punto 2.0...

And the Angels making a play for Price.

UPDATE 2

Nope! David Price gets to stay in Chavez Ravine. Here’s the trade:

And here’s what that Angels were up to... old friend alert again!

That’s... not pitching! Perhaps the Angels will look to move, say, Justin Upton next.

Either way, the biggest winner tonight?

Amazing.

UPDATE 3

The Angels side of things suddenly makes a lot more sense