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MLBPA chief: Proposed Betts trade must be resolved quickly

By Sports Desk February 07, 2020

Major League Baseball League Players Association (MLBPA) executive director Tony Clark said the blockbuster Mookie Betts trade must be resolved quickly.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly reached a deal to acquire former American League MVP Betts and pitcher David Price in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, according to ESPN.

According to the report, the trade – also involving the Minnesota Twins – would see outfielder Alex Verdugo head to the Red Sox, with the Dodgers sending starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins, who would deal pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.

However, the proposed trade has reached an impasse and Clark called on all three teams to sort it out.

"The proposed trades between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins, and Angels need to be resolved without further delay," Clark said.

"The events of this last week have unfairly put several Players' lives in a state of limbo.

"The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often Players are treated as commodities by those running the game."

Betts – a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time Silver Slugger – tallied 29 home runs, 135 runs and 176 hits after 597 at-bats with an 80 RBI last season.

World Series champion and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner Price, who has three years remaining on his current deal, posted 128 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA for the Red Sox in 2019.

The Red Sox, who have endured a turbulent offseason following the departure of manager Alex Cora amid allegations of sign stealing – are looking to shed their wage bill and move below the $208million luxury-tax threshold.

Boston failed to defend their title in 2019 after missing out on the playoffs, while the Dodgers lost to eventual champions the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series (NLDS).

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