Chicago Cubs: Mookie Betts trade may foreshadow a Kris Bryant deal

Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox shed a ton of payroll, trading Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers. Will the Chicago Cubs follow suit with a Kris Bryant trade?

It finally happened. No, I’m not talking about anything with Kris Bryant or Willson Contreras. The Boston Red Sox pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal, sending homegrown All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with left-hander David Price in what can only be called a painful move for Red Sox Nation.

Betts, whom Boston drafted back in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, has built quite the resume with the Red Sox. He won a World Series ring in 2018, earned four All-Star selections, won a batting title and AL MVP honors and also took home three Silver Sluggers and four Gold Glove awards.

He’s undoubtedly one of the best players in all of baseball – and now, he’ll likely set the table for a Dodgers team that won 106 games without him last season. Los Angeles is now the clear-cut favorites in the National League as they look to bring home a championship for the first time since 1988.

So how does this impact the Chicago Cubs? Well, first and foremost, all roads to October eventually end up in Chavez Ravine, taking on a lineup that looks more like a video game roster rather than an actual big league team. But perhaps more importantly, it mirrors what a Kris Bryant trade could, at least in theory, look like in coming weeks or months.