The Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts because they didn’t want to pay him. Fans should be mad at ownership, not Betts.
Now of course some people are trying to put the blame on Betts. “Take a hometown discount, don’t be so greedy.”
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But let’s not forget who we are dealing with. The Red Sox are valued at over $3 billion. You read that right, billion with a b. Fenway Sports Group even owns an English soccer team (shoutout to all the Liverpool fans out there).
If the Red Sox wanted to pay Mookie Betts they easily could have. It’s not like MLB has a salary cap to deal with. For years we have seen teams spend exuberant amounts of money to build a World Series champion.
The Red Sox proved that they care more about their wallets than the team. They are punting on the 2020 season even though they just raised ticket prices. Red Sox nation should be livid.
There is only one person I truly feel bad for in this situation. Chaim Bloom might have been the one to work out a deal, but he is not to blame. Ownership told him to cut salary and that is what he did.
It’s is so frustrating as a fan to see billion dollar owners not spend money on guys that became stars in Boston. Betts was drafted by the team and came up through the farm system. He could have been the face of the franchise for the rest of his career.
All Mookie Betts did was ask for a fair deal. You can’t be mad at him for that. Who you should be angry at is the owners for letting him go.