Red Sox Rumors: Dodgers can assemble best Mookie Betts trade package
By Sean Penney
Padres best potential offer
Wil Myers, Manuel Margot, Joey Lucchesi , Luis Patino, Luis Campusano
Myers has negative trade value coming off a season when he produced a below-average 95 OPS+ while being tied to an expensive contract. Escaping Petco Park for a hitter-friendly environment could awaken his slumping bat but his inclusion is a pure salary dump from the Padres perspective.
The Red Sox would want at least one of San Diego’s top-50 prospects for Betts and it should require two if they agree to take even half of Myers’ salary. Including both Patino (No. 27) and Campusano (No. 50) might convince the Red Sox to stomach paying a portion of the Myers’ contract.
Margot is the more appealing major league outfielder of the pair reportedly being offered, at least in part because of Boston’s familiarity with him. He was one of the prospects shipped to San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade. Margot doesn’t hit for average and his bat doesn’t have much pop but he has the speed to be a threat on the base paths and plays a solid center field. He could replace Jackie Bradley Jr. if he bolts in free agency next winter and the Red Sox could revisit plans to trade their center fielder if they brought in Margot.
Quantrill and Lucchesi are both back of the rotation options at this early stage of their careers. Quantrill has two more years of control but Lucchesi has shown more upside at the major league level.
A starting center fielder, a No. 5 starter and two top-50 prospects is a solid haul for one year of Betts, although it’s not one the Red Sox are jumping at when you factor in the dead weight of Myers.