Following the blockbuster trade that reportedly will send Betts and Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sox players down in Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training already are facing the reality that the duo won’t be joining them. Michael Chavis, in particular, spoke to reporters about the trade on Monday.
The 24-year-old infielder noted his personal relationship with Price, who made it a point to reach out to him while he was still in the minors.
“DP was actually the first big leaguer to ever reach out to me as a minor leaguer,” Chavis said. “So, just losing him and his personality and my personal connection to him was really sad, as well.”
When Chavis finally made it to the bigs, it was Betts who helped the rookie adjust to all that comes with being a major league player including facing the media in a market that can be difficult to get used to, especially for young players.
“He’s one of the first people who reached out to me and helped me become comfortable,” Chavis said. “He took me under his wing, honestly. No doubt about it. He did a lot to make me comfortable from the day-to-day aspect, but also (toward) growing as a player.
“One of the things that stands out to me is he talked to me about my first couple interviews in the big leagues. And, obviously, I’d done interviews before. But, being in the big leagues, looking back at it, I was talking a million miles a minute. And I talk fast already. So he came up to me and was like, ‘Bro, you don’t got to speed through the interview. They’re not going to attack you. Just take your time.’ But, just the day-to-day aspect, stuff like that. He took me under his wing. He helped me a lot.”
Without the veteran presences of Betts and Price, it’ll be up to guys like shortstop Xander Bogaerts and designated hitter J.D. Martinez to step up and assume their leadership roles. Both already have proven to be great influences on their younger teammates, but that leadership will be tested in 2020 more than ever.
In return for Betts and Price, the Red Sox received outfielder Alex Verdugo along with prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. You can learn more about Boston’s newest additions here.
Michael Chavis reacts to Red Sox trading Mookie Betts, David Price originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
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