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'It's going to be pretty special' – Dodgers recruit Mookie Betts

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Modified 13 Feb 2020, 09:48 IST
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Los Angeles Dodgers recruits David Price (L) and Mookie Betts (R)

Los Angeles Dodgers recruit Mookie Betts said "it's going to be pretty special" playing for the star-studded MLB powerhouse after arriving from the Boston Red Sox.

Betts – the 2018 American League MVP – was involved in a blockbuster trade on Monday, dealt to the Dodgers along with starting pitcher David Price.

An All-Star in each of the past four seasons, Betts and fellow recruit Price were officially introduced as Dodgers players on Wednesday.

Betts will team up with current National League MVP Cody Bellinger in the Dodgers' outfield, while 2012 AL Cy Young winner Price joins three-time NL Cy Young recipient Clayton Kershaw in the starting rotation.

"We've kind of talked through passing at the All-Star Game and as we played here," Betts said of his relationship with Bellinger midweek.

"It's going to be pretty special. He won the MVP last year, so he's definitely going to put on a show, and I'll do my best to keep up with him."

Betts helped the Red Sox to World Series glory in 2018 but Boston opted to trade the four-time Gold Glove Award winner after failing to agree a long-term deal.

The 27-year-old outfielder and Price, plus cash considerations, were sent to the Dodgers in exchange for Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong.

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Betts is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season and he was asked whether he would consider pledging his long-term future to the Dodgers.

"Right now, I just got here -- still trying to find a house and those kinds of things," Betts said. "I'm not even really thinking about that. I'm just focused on staying with 2020 and going from there."

The Dodgers clinched their seventh straight NL West title last season, finishing with a franchise-best 106-56 record before falling to eventual World Series champions the Washington Nationals in the Division Series.

Price added: "To be able to jump onto a team like the Dodgers, a team that has had the amount of success they've had the last couple years, and then add a player like Mookie Betts and to then be able to add myself to that mix as well, that's something special to be a part of, and we're both very excited about it."

Published 13 Feb 2020, 09:48 IST
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