New rumors suggest that the Los Angeles Dodgers are now more inclined to make a trade for Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts than they are for another player that has long been linked to the team, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.
In a report published Thursday by MLB.com, Jon Paul Morosi wrote that with the new year underway, the Dodgers and Indians have not made much progress in the rumored trade talks for Lindor. As he pointed out, Cleveland is reportedly interested in young infielder Gavin Lux, but Los Angeles has no plans to include the 22-year-old in any transaction where Lindor is the only Indians player involved.
According to Morosi, the Dodgers' apparent reluctance to part ways with Lux has led the team to ramp up on its efforts to acquire Betts from the Red Sox, as the team may even be "more involved" in trying to land the 2018 American League MVP than they are in their pursuit of Lindor. The MLB.com insider added that these talks with Boston are more "dynamic" as the Red Sox don't covet Lux as much as the Indians do, but also cautioned that any potential deal involving Betts may require Los Angeles to move multiple players in order to acquire the superstar outfielder.
Rumors regarding the chances of Betts becoming a Dodger are nothing new. Last month, The Inquisitr reported that per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Los Angeles was in "exploratory" talks with Boston regarding a possible trade for Betts, who helped lead the Red Sox to a win over the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. The 27-year-old right fielder is set to enter his seventh year with Boston and will be eligible for free agency after the 2020 MLB season wraps up.