Latest Aaron Judge Dodgers rumor makes Red Sox Mookie Betts trade even worse
Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers are gearing up to be one of the teams bidding for Aaron Judge when he becomes a free agent this offseason.
Judge who set an American League record with 62 home runs this season, is expected to be the biggest fish in the free agency pond, though it’s not like the Dodgers are lacking for star power. They won a franchise record 111 regular-season games this year; adding Judge to their roster would only strengthen what is already one of MLB’s strongest powerhouses.
How would that work, though? Thanks to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers have Mookie Betts in right field.
Mookie Betts willing to move to second base for Dodgers to sign Aaron Judge
It turns out Betts is willing to move back to his original position, second base, if the Dodgers can lure his former AL East rival to the west coast.
Yet another reason the Sox should’ve paid Betts three years ago.
The former Sox star originally came up as a second baseman, and his emergence as one of the game’s best all-around players coincided with the painful end of Dustin Pedroia’s career around 2018. In his early years, Betts drew comparisons to Pedroia but remained in right field even after Pedroia was unable to continue playing. The position wasn’t properly covered until Trevor Story’s arrival this year.
If Betts is amenable to moving from the outfield to the infield, it also hurts Boston’s chances of signing Judge. The Sox are also expected to pursue the rival slugger, though they have significantly more pressing matters to tend to first.