We get it: You miss Mookie Betts. He’s a generational player, and it isn’t easy watching him perform like an MVP for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, let’s not act like the Red Sox got dusted in a trade that many initially felt would live in infamy. In fact, at this juncture, it looks like Boston made out relatively well.
Alex Verdugo has been excellent this season — plain and simple. The 24-year-old went 2-for-4 Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves and now is hitting .315 with five homers on the campaign. He also has played exceptional defense from both corner outfield spots.
Verdugo has been particularly good over the past month. Tucker Boynton, a Boston sports commentator who specializes in stats, did us all a favor and crunched the numbers on Verdugo’s current 162-game pace.
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Obviously, Verdugo is early in his Red Sox career, and it’s not like he’s played in any meaningful games this season. And, again, there’s only one Mookie Betts.
But Verdugo’s performance thus far suggests he might be a star in the making, which should make the Betts trade far more palatable for fans. Oh, and some believe Jeter Downs, the other player acquired in the Betts deal, is even better.