Throughout the winter, Boston entertained offers for Betts, whose free-agent haul following the 2020 season could exceed $400 million.
Still, Boston is one of the wealthiest franchises in baseball, and their decision to trade their homegrown, 27-year-old former MVP to avoid paying the luxury tax is not sitting well with a lot of baseball fans, who they think should have just paid the man what he deserves.
Betts is a four-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor. Price has three years and $96 million remaining on his contract.
For his six-year career, all with the Red Sox, Betts has a.301/.374/.519 batting line with 139 homers, 470 RBIs and 613 runs in 794 games. The 2012 Cy Young victor had a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts last season.
Now that Mookie Betts is going to be a Dodger, Buster Olney questions whether Los Angeles has enough to win a championship. The 2018 Red Sox also are under investigation for using technology to steal signs.
The Twins will then send pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.
Meanwhile, the Twins strengthen their staff with Maeda, who has a 3.87 ERA in four seasons.
He played a key role in helping the Red Sox win the World Series in 2018.