It’s been more than three years since the Boston Red Sox traded the All-Star. Mocky Betts To the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Since the trade, Boston has missed the postseason two of the last three years while the Dodgers won 2020 World Series And has been the best team in the National League.
The trade was shocking at the time, and Betts’ recent comments won’t make the decision to move the seven-time All-Star any easier. The Red Sox Fan up to the stomach.
The Phillies’ Trey Turner was ejected after a nightmare fifth inning that drew cheers from the home crowd.
“If I had lived in Boston, I don’t know if I would have started and been who I am today. Boston is just a different culture, a different life there than being in L.A. And different opportunities,” Bates said on a recent episode of the “Foul Territory” podcast.
“Being in L.A., moving to L.A. was probably done … even though I wasn’t really ready for it. I know people don’t believe it, but I wanted to be in Boston my whole career. That’s where I grew up, that’s my life. I know everyone there. It was a short flight to Nashville. It was perfect.”
Bates was asked if he wanted the kind of deal he signed with the Dodgers — $365 million — with Boston, and 2018 AL MVP He said he “100%” would have signed with the Red Sox.
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“One hundred percent. But it didn’t,” Bates said. “It was actually kind of a blessing in disguise. My family loves it. [Los Angeles]. It’s a different way of life.”
Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension with the Dodgers in July 2020.
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Betts traded pitcher David Price for three prospects, including outfielder Alex Verdugo, who has hit .285 in four seasons with the Red Sox.
The Red Sox trail by 2½ games. Toronto Blue Jays for the final wild-card spot in the American League, while the Dodgers hold a four-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
Bates is hitting .277 with 27 home runs through 99 games of the 2023 season.