Betts will be the Dodgers' everyday right fielder in 2020, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
This would hardly qualify as news if Cody Bellinger hadn't won a Gold Glove in right field for the Dodgers last season. Still, Betts' prolonged history of success at the position -- he has won four consecutive Gold Gloves and leads the majors with 93 defensive runs saved in right field since 2016, per FanGraphs -- makes the decision a relatively easy one. Expect Bellinger to spend most of his time in center field while playing occasionally at first base during the campaign.
Betts went 0-for-2 in Wednesday's Cactus League contest against Milwaukee.
Though Betts was unable to get on base in the rain-shortened game, the good news is that he was back on the field after a brief bout with food poisoning. The Dodgers' prized offseason acquisition is slated to occupy the leadoff spot for the club when the regular season gets underway.
Betts (illness) is back in the lineup as expected Wednesday against the Brewers, leading off and playing right field.
Betts had missed a handful of games due to food poisoning, but the issue was never expected to keep him out for long. He should have more than enough time to get up to speed by the start of the regular season.
Betts has returned to practice after a bout of food poisoning but won't get back into the lineup until Wednesday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
There were reports over the weekend that Betts could be back as soon as Monday, but the Dodgers evidently saw no reason to rush him back and will keep him sidelined until after Tuesday's off day. He'll still have plenty of time to get into regular-season shape by Opening Day.
Betts (illness) has rejoined the team and could serve as the designated hitter in Monday's Cactus League game against the Padres, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old originally wasn't scheduled to return from the bout with food poisoning until Wednesday, but he's now expected to return to action Monday. Regardless of whether or not he sits an extra day or two, Betts' availability for Opening Day is unlikely to be impacted.
Betts could return from illness as soon as Monday, rather than waiting until Wednesday as previous reports suggested, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Betts missed the Dodgers' last two games due to illness and is expected to miss at least one more, but he may not be in line for as lengthy of an absence as previously reported. Even if he does end up remaining out until Wednesday, his availability for Opening Day shouldn't be threatened.
Betts (illness) won't return to action until Wednesday's game against the Brewers, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Betts was scratched Friday due to a stomach bug, and while he was originally slated to return Saturday, the Dodgers decided he needs a few more days off. The loss of a small handful of games shouldn't seriously impact the star outfielder's preparation for the upcoming season.
Betts (illness) is not in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the Rays, according to MLB.com.
Betts could still play off the bench Saturday, but he will not be in the starting lineup. He is only dealing with an illness, so it should not be long before he is back in the Dodgers' starting nine.
Betts (illness) is tentatively scheduled to play in Saturday's spring training game against the Rockies, according to manager Dave Roberts, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Roberts noted that he'll check on the star outfielder Saturday morning before officially deciding his availability for the NL West matchup. Betts was originally penciled into the leadoff spot for Friday's game against the Mariners but was a late scratch due to an upset stomach.
Betts was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game against Seattle due to an upset stomach, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
There hasn't been any indication that the illness will keep Betts out for more than a few days. His preparation for the upcoming season, his first as a Dodger, shouldn't be meaningfully impacted.
Betts went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly in his first spring training game with the Dodgers on Sunday.
The Dodgers' big offseason acquisition flied out in his first two at-bats before driving home a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Betts followed Sunday's performance with a pair of singles against the White Sox on Monday. He'll bat atop Los Angeles' loaded lineup in his first campaign in the National League.
Betts will hit out of the leadoff spot this season, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
The decision comes following a discussion between Betts and manager Dave Roberts. While Roberts indicated that Betts feels most comfortable batting leadoff, the manager did leave the door open for an occasional change at the top of the order against right-handed pitching. Expect Betts to be the primary table setter for Los Angeles this season. He should thrive in that role given the Dodgers' potent lineup.
The Red Sox and Dodgers agreed upon terms Sunday that will send Betts to Los Angeles, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The complete deal involves Boston sending Betts and David Price to Los Angeles in return for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. After the Twins withdrew from the original three-team trade after Boston expressed its disapproval of Brusdar Graterol's medical history, the Dodgers and Red Sox were able to sort things out Sunday. Cody Bellinger will most likely flip to left field to provide Betts with a smooth transition to his new home on the West Coast.
Betts' reported trade from the Red Sox to the Dodgers was temporarily placed on hold Saturday after the Twins withdrew from their part of the three-team deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Brusdar Graterol was supposed to move from Minnesota to Boston, but the Red Sox didn't like what they saw in his medical history and demanded an additional prospect from the Twins, who elected to withdraw from the deal entirely rather than acquiesce to that demand. Boston and Los Angeles will now be forced to complete the deal themselves or find a new third party. It still appears that the saga will end with Betts winding up as a Dodger, but that looks less certain than it did when the deal was first announced.
The Red Sox have agreed to trade Betts and David Price to the Dodgers as part of a three-team trade with the Twins on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The rumor mill has been swirling around Betts throughout the offseason, and he'll end up joining the Dodgers for the final year of his contract. Betts wasn't quite able to replicate his 2018 AL MVP campaign last season, but he still had a .295/.391/.524 slash line with 29 home runs, 80 RBI and 16 stolen bases over 150 games. According to Kiley McDaniel of ESPN, the rest of the trade sends Alex Verdugo to the Red Sox from the Dodgers, Kenta Maeda to the Twins from the Dodgers, and pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox from the Twins.
Betts agreed to a one-year, $27 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
This beats Nolan Arenado's record of $26 million for an arbitration-eligible player. Betts, who has been the subject of trade rumors, now comes with cost certainty for whoever he ends up playing for in 2020.
The Red Sox may trade Betts if the organization can't reach a long-term deal with the outfielder, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Boston chairman Tom Werner made comments that suggest the team could deal Betts. "We'll have some conversations with him going forward," Werner said. "But obviously there will be a point where hopefully we can make a deal. Or we'll decide at that point what is Plan B or Plan C? But we haven't gotten to that point. And we're very open to continuing the discussions with him." Betts has made it clear he wants to become a free agent after the 2020 season, so the Red Sox may have to consider alternate plans if they can't ink him to an extension. Betts is likely to receive more than $30 million in arbitration while the Red Sox are anxious to drop below the $208 million Competitive Balance Threshold in 2020.
Betts is not in Saturday's lineup against the Orioles.
He returned from a minor foot injury Friday and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in right field and batting seventh.
Betts (foot) is back in the lineup as expected Friday against the Orioles, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
A sore foot had kept Betts out of action since Tuesday but evidently didn't threaten his season. He won't take the field Friday but will lead off as the designated hitter. It's possible he fills that role for the duration of the season's final series.
Betts (foot) is expected to rejoin the lineup Friday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Betts exited Tuesday's game with a sore left foot and will remain sidelined for a pair of games before rejoining the starting lineup Friday for Boston's final series of the season. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in right field in place of Betts on Wednesday.
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