Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Report – Mega-deal brewing with Dodgers

Just when things seemed quiet with the Red Sox -- and no, I'm not counting the Kevin Plawecki signing as something that will get the fan base revved up -- comes a report that the Sox are engaging the Los Angeles Dodgers in trade talks.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of the MLB Network, the Sox and Dodgers have had discussions about a deal that would send both David Price and Mookie Betts to L.A.

That the Red Sox would be trying to move Price, of course, is hardly shocking. The team has expressed a desire to reduce payroll and get under the first CBT (competitive balance tax) threshold of $208 million. To achieve that, a big salary will have to be trimmed and Price's -- $32 million in each of the next three seasons -- qualifies, even if it's generally accepted that the Sox will have to take back at least a portion of that salary to make a deal tenable.