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.
BREAKING: The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox that would send star outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Dodgers, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Deal is pending medical reviews.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 5, 2020
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.