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Dodgers have had ‘exploratory trade talks’ with Red Sox about Mookie Betts


The Dodgers have been rumored to be wanting to make a big trade this offseason. To date those rumors have primarily focused on Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians, for whom the Dodgers are said to be willing to five up their own shortstop, Corey Seager.

Today Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers have expanded their potential blockbuster net to Boston, with whom they have had “exploratory trade talks” for Mookie Betts. Again, Seager is said to be on the table. Not on the table, for either Lindor or Betts, is prospect Gavin Lux.

If the Dodgers truly value Lux, a big-hitting shortstop and second baseman, it may make more sense for them to pursue Betts, actually. At least if they think they could sign him to a long term deal. Obviously, of course, acquiring either one of those two superstars would represent a massive move.

Betts is entering his final year of arbitration and is expected to get close to $30 million for 2020, after which he’ll be a free agent. Lindor is under team control for two more seasons. He made $10.55 million in 2019 and is projected to be in the $16-17 million range in 2020.

All of this is just talk for now. But it’s worth keeping an eye on the Dodgers.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”