The Boston Red Sox have one of the most interesting and dynamic prospects in all of the MLB. That would be second baseman Mookie Betts. He is absolutely lighting it up in the minor leagues and he is making a very swift progression in the Boston farm system.
Yet, any time that a trade rumor is talked about, who is one of the names that seems to come up a lot? That’s right, Mookie Betts. Is it because Red Sox Nation doesn’t like the first name? Sure, Mookie brings back some horrible flashbacks but that has nothing to do with Betts. He is going to be one heck of a player when he comes up to Boston.
Some people think that because he plays second and the Red Sox already have Dustin Pedroia there for years, that there isn’t any place for Betts in the system. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. Look at Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays. He plays seven different positions and his bat is always in the lineup. Boston can easily to do the same thing with Betts. He is already an infielder and has started to learn the outfield. He has the athleticism to play anywhere.
One of the qualities that Boston is lacking this year that they had last year was team speed. Jackie Bradley is the team leader currently with three stolen bases and his speed is good, but not great. Having a burner like Betts at the top of the lineup could help manufacture runs and help get out of the prolonged slumps that Boston has found themselves in this season.
Don’t trade Mookie and whatever you do, don’t trade him to New York.