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Dodgers fans could not be happier with the way they got Mookie Betts on their team this year. Aside from losing a few young prospects, the Betts trade has only really gone in their favor. And since he was traded, Mookie signed a massive 12-year extension that will keep him in Los Angeles for life. 

But if you can think all the way back to the beginning of the year, Mookie almost wasn’t a member of the Dodgers. In fact, there was a chance that he was going to the division-rival Padres. Betts talked about the trade that almost was in a podcast hosted by CC Sabathia

It went down to San Diego and here(Dodgers)…It was just these two teams. It was a cool process actually, it seemed like everybody was on the same page. The Red Sox front office did a great  job of talking through everything. It wasn’t just like boom trade on Twitter. They talked and were like hey if something makes sense then we’re going to go ahead and pull the trigger. 

First of all, it would be a real bummer if Mookie wasn’t a part of the Dodgers. But it would be so much worse if the Padres had landed him in a deal this year. The Padres could have very well knocked Los Angeles out of the top of the NL West if not for that trade. 

The good news is that Mookie IS here with the Dodgers, and seems happier than ever to be playing baseball. We’ll just try not to think about the scary lineup that could have been down in San Diego. 

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