Mookie Betts, Eduardo Rodríguez Exchanged Texts Amid Commerce Debacle

Mookie Betts and Eduardo Rodríguez, who spent 5 seasons as teammates with the Boston Purple Sox, almost rejoined throughout Tuesday’s Main League Baseball commerce deadline.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers almost struck a deal involving Rodríguez, however it rapidly fell to items after the 30-year-old exercised his no-trade clause. That may’ve added an elite left-handed arm to the Dodgers — a World Sequence contender — and reunited Rodríguez with a number of former Boston teammates together with J.D. Martinez, Kiké Hernández, Joe Kelly and Betts.

Relaxation assured, there aren’t any exhausting emotions after Rodriguez pulled a surprising transfer in sticking by Detroit and passing up on Los Angeles.

“I texted him, I don’t care what you do,” Betts stated Wednesday, in response to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. “In the event you come, cool. In the event you don’t, cool. Our relationship just isn’t based mostly off that. We’ll all the time be boys. I didn’t give a rattling what he did.”

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Rodríguez additional added context behind his resolution, revealing that remaining near his household was the important thing consider rejecting the Dodgers. Clearly, when evaluating each spots, Los Angeles has loads extra to supply past the West Coast sunshine.

The Dodgers, who’re three years faraway from their World Sequence victory in 2020, are main the Nationwide League West by 105 video games. Los Angeles additionally ranks second amongst NL groups in pitching victories (60) and residential runs (169) with one other deep October hunt within the Dodgers’ playing cards within the close to future.

“Even when he stated, ‘I simply don’t wish to turn out to be a Dodger,’ that’s effective with me,” Betts defined. “So long as he’s glad, he’s good, he’s feeling good. That’s all I care about.”

Rodríguez was a fascinating commerce goal for a number of causes. Rodríguez, to date, has put collectively the perfect season of his eight-year huge league profession, recording a career-best 2.95 ERA with 91 strikeouts over the course of 88 1/3 innings pitched (15 begins).

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Betts acquired a reply after the fiasco went down, 24 hours following the commerce deadline.

“He simply stated, ‘Bro, love you. Sorry I didn’t hit you again however I’ve received to do what’s finest for my household,’” Betts instructed reporters Wednesday, in response to Invoice Plunkett of The Orange County Register.

Rodríguez would possibly’ve shut down different deadline bidders, nonetheless, there could be one other likelihood to listen to out provides from exterior organizations, courtesy of his opt-out possibility on the finish of the season.

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