BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 29: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after hitting a single during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on September 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

We knew it could be coming, right?  Now it’s real.

The Boston Red Sox are trading Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Multiple reports say the Sox will get 23 year old outfielder Alex Verdugo from the Dodgers and right-handed pitcher Brusdal Graterol from the Twins. For more stats and updates about the trade, your best source is our partner 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Now our take: Verdugo batted .294 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 106 games for the Dodgers last season. And Mookie was, well, Mookie.  Without listing his stats (spoiler alert:  they’re way better than Verdugo’s) we all know he is an exciting player, whom many argue is the 2nd best player in baseball (behind Mike Trout.)  He plays hard, sometimes plays hurt, but always plays with a smile and never lets drama get in the way of playing.  Most of all, he has fun.  Just like a kid, he looks like he enjoys the hell out of fielding, base-running, hitting, and just being around the game. But the game is the game, and the business is the business.

And that’s where we find ourselves: in a business decision. Mookie asked for 12 years and $420 million and the Sox didn’t want to do it.  So, they’re forced to trade one of the best players to come out of their farm system to keep their finances in check.  It sucks.  They got something in return.  But it’s not Mookie. We’ll miss ya, Mookie.  Thanks for everything you did. Keep smiling.  And  David Price: Take note.  You’re a good pitcher, but have some fun.