1. Mookie Betts
The Betts situation may be heading toward a breaking point. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal said Monday on the network's "Hot Stove" program that he wouldn't be surprised if a trade went down in the next day or two. The Dodgers and Padres are believed to be the only two teams involved at this point.
"This is going to happen," Rosenthal said. "Mookie Betts is getting traded. The only question is when and where."
Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reported something similar on Sunday, writing that the Red Sox could make a decision on their superstar right fielder "within the next few days." Per Speier, Boston has continued to discuss potential trades with both the Dodgers and the Padres, and the talks have reached "a relatively advanced stage," though the Sox haven't asked either team for its last and best offer.
According to Rosenthal, there seems to be a good amount of momentum building for the Dodgers, because of Los Angeles' ability to make a "cleaner" trade that only involves Betts being moved for young talent. The Padres' discussions with the Red Sox have included Wil Myers, who is owed $61 million over the next three seasons, and the two sides reportedly haven't been able to agree on how much of that money Boston would assume in a trade.
On Sunday afternoon, Peter Gammons of The Athletic noted in a tweet that three different sources from the National League have told him that a deal sending Betts to the Dodgers seems to be "inevitable."
Gammons went so far as to paint a picture of what the deal may look like: highly touted outfielder Alex Verdugo and shortstop Jeter Downs, the club's No. 5 prospect and No. 87 in baseball, might make up the foundation pieces. An additional player may need to be included, and Gammons theorized that could be 23-year-old lefty Caleb Ferguson, a former 38th-round Draft pick who has a 4.13 ERA in 75 big league games.