Why A’s should be seen as big winners of revised Mookie Betts trade

The A’s likely were big fans of the original trade that would have sent outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’re likely even bigger fans of the adjusted trade that reportedly was agreed to Sunday.

The main structure of the trade remains unchanged, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Betts and Price are still going to the Dodgers, while outfield prospect Alex Verdugo is the main piece going back to the Red Sox.

Since 2015, Betts’ first full season in the majors, these are his finishes in the AL MVP voting: 19th, second, sixth, first and, most recently, eighth. Him departing the league for the NL can’t be seen as anything other than a major positive for Oakland.

But hold on. It gets better.

As part of the original trade, the Dodgers had also reportedly agreed to trade outfielder Joc Pederson to the Los Angeles Angels in a salary dump. But for whatever reason, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that the trade between the Dodgers and Angels is now off, citing sources.

Pederson is coming off a season in which he slashed .249/.339/.538 and hit a career-high 36 home runs to go with 74 RBI. That’s a power bat that would have likely played a prominent role for a divisional rival, who now … won’t. It’s always possible the two Los Angeles teams could come back to the bargaining table, but at least for the time being, it appears the A’s lucked out.

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Unless you’re worried about a few good prospects on a team that just agreed to trade away one of the best baseball players on the planet, it’s difficult not to view the results of Betts trade as a tremendous development for Oakland.

Why A’s should be seen as big winners of revised Mookie Betts trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area