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Wednesday BP: Dodgers gonna Dodger

Mookie Betts is headed to SoCal.

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Apparently enough ain’t enough.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won 106 games last year. And they just turned around and made a move for one of the best players in baseball.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers completed a trade for outfielder Mookie Betts who, over the last four years, has been worth 9.7, 6.4, 10.9, and 6.8 Wins Above Replacement, per Baseball-Reference. He won one MVP during that time, and would have won a second had he not had the misfortune of sharing his prime with arguably the greatest player in baseball history.

Now I’m no baseball mathematologist, but I don’t think this is going to help the San Francisco Giants bridge the 29-game gap that separated the two teams a year ago.

But it does help the Giants in the long term. You see, the Dodgers had to give up prospect Alex Verdugo in the trade, and Betts is going to be a free agent after this season. So in a year, when the Giants sign Betts, the Dodgers won’t have Betts or Verdugo, but they will have another disappointing postseason loss.

So look on the bright side, folks.