Major League Baseball League Players Association (MLBPA) executive director Tony Clark said the blockbuster Mookie Betts trade must be resolved quickly.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly reached a deal to acquire former American League MVP Betts and pitcher David Price in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, according to ESPN.

According to the report, the trade – also involving the Minnesota Twins – would see outfielder Alex Verdugo head to the Red Sox, with the Dodgers sending starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins, who would deal pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.

However, the proposed trade has reached an impasse and Clark called on all three teams to sort it out.

"The proposed trades between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins, and Angels need to be resolved without further delay," Clark said.

"The events of this last week have unfairly put several Players' lives in a state of limbo.

"The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often Players are treated as commodities by those running the game."

Betts – a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time Silver Slugger – tallied 29 home runs, 135 runs and 176 hits after 597 at-bats with an 80 RBI last season.

World Series champion and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner Price, who has three years remaining on his current deal, posted 128 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA for the Red Sox in 2019.

The Red Sox, who have endured a turbulent offseason following the departure of manager Alex Cora amid allegations of sign stealing – are looking to shed their wage bill and move below the $208million luxury-tax threshold.

Boston failed to defend their title in 2019 after missing out on the playoffs, while the Dodgers lost to eventual champions the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series (NLDS).

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly acquired former MVP Mookie Betts and David Price in a blockbuster MLB trade with the Boston Red Sox.

A free agent at the end of the 2020 season, the Red Sox have apparently dealt 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion Betts after failing to agree a long-term deal.

According to ESPN and The Athletic, the trade – also involving the Minnesota Twins – will see outfielder Alex Verdugo head to the Red Sox.

The Dodgers will send starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins, who will trade pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.

ESPN also reports the Dodgers have sent outfielder and soon-to-be free agent Joc Pederson to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo.

Betts – a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time Silver Slugger – tallied 29 home runs, 135 runs and 176 hits after 597 at-bats with an 80 RBI last season.

World Series champion and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner Price, who has three years remaining on his current deal, posted 128 strikeouts and a 4.28 ERA for the Red Sox in 2019.

The Red Sox, who have endured a turbulent offseason following the departure of manager Alex Cora amid allegations of sign stealing – are looking to shed their wage bill and move below the $208million luxury-tax threshold.

Boston failed to defend their title in 2019 after missing out on the playoffs, while the Dodgers lost to eventual champions the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series (NLDS).

The Minnesota Twins' Rocco Baldelli and St Louis Cardinals' Mike Shildt were named Managers of the Year in tight votes on Tuesday.

Baldelli became the eighth rookie manager to win the award after the Twins claimed the American League (AL) Central title before falling short in the AL Division Series.

The 38-year-old finished with 106 points to win AL Manager of the Year, just ahead of the New York Yankees' Aaron Boone (96), while the Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Cash (33) was third.

"You take on a responsibility, and it's one that you take seriously when you take on the role of manager," Baldelli said, via the Twins' website.

"You don't do it for anything that points back to yourself. You don't do it for awards. You do it to bring a group together in the best possible way you can.

"When you do get acknowledged for something individual, it's an interesting feeling, but you are certainly floored by being acknowledged in that way."

The National League race was also close, with Shildt (95 points) finishing ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers' Craig Counsell (88) and Atlanta Braves' Brian Snitker (45).

The Cardinals reached the NL Championship Series before being swept by eventual World Series champions the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals now have a crucial advantage in the National League wild-card game following their 10-7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Saturday's victory against the already-eliminated Indians, the Nationals will host the MLB playoff contest at the beginning of October.

Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam in a whopping nine-run second inning to highlight the triumph, which is Washington's seventh consecutive win.

"I don't have to go home and pack," manager Dave Martinez said after the game, via ESPN. "Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they came out and swung the bats."

Nationals star Parra finished two of four for the night, along with Ryan Zimmerman, while Daniel Hudson earned the win after pitching one hitless inning.

 

Mets rookie Alonso sets record

Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run on Saturday, which is more than any rookie in MLB history – surpassing Aaron Judge's record set in 2017. The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander struck out his 3,000th batter to become just the 18th pitcher to reach the milestone.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their 105th win. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

 

Rays struggle against Jays

The Tampa Bay Rays recorded only three hits in a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays had seven starters lay goose eggs, including Austin Meadows, Jesus Aguilar and Nate Lowe, who all went 0 for four.

Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in just three innings of work in the Detroit Tigers' 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Detroit split the doubleheader after a 4-3 victory.

 

Soler homers… again

What else do you expect from Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler? (P.S. This was his second home run of the game.)

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar has power and speed.

 

Saturday's results

Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 7-1 Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Washington Nationals 10-7 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-0 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-6 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 9-4 New York Yankees
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros 6-3 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Brewers at Rockies

Sunday marks the last day of the regular season and there is a lot at stake. One of the biggest games will be a must-win contest for the Brewers. They trail the Cardinals by one game after losing on Saturday. A Brewers win along with a Cardinals loss will put the two teams in a tie for first place in the NL Central, which would force Game 163. That is not all. The Rays are hoping for a win of their own, and an A's loss, to force a tie-breaker to decide who gets home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game.

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