Los Angeles has made little progress in discussions with the Cleveland Indians about a Francisco Lindor trade, and the Dodgers now appear to be more involved in talks with the Red Sox regarding a move for Mookie Betts, reports MLB.com's Jon Morosi.
The inclusion of Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux in a Lindor deal appears to be a sticking point in Los Angeles' talks with the Indians, Morosi adds. Because the Red Sox seem less insistent on acquiring Lux, the Dodgers' conversations with Boston have reportedly become more dynamic.
There's reportedly a good chance a trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers sees multiple players head to Los Angeles, with Morosi mentioning Boston left-hander David Price as a possibility. Price is owed $96 million over the next three seasons.
Should the Red Sox move both Betts and Price, they'll probably want more than just salary relief in return. Young Dodgers starters Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin would be likely targets in a trade, Morosi adds.
Betts, who is one year removed from winning American League MVP honors, has been front and center in trade rumors for much of the offseason. The 27-year-old is eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season and is expected to sign one of the richest deals in baseball history.
Since arriving in the majors in 2014, Betts has earned four All-Star nods and owns an impressive .301/.374/.519 career slash line with 139 home runs, 470 RBIs, and 126 steals. He won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2018.