February 9, 2020
Mookie Betts is finally going to Los Angeles that a deal has been agreed upon to send the 2018 MVP to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package that includes outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong going to the Boston Red Sox.
The reworked deal still has Betts and David Price still going to Los Angeles. The Red Sox and have agreed to pay half of the $96 million left on Price’s deal.
In a separate deal now, Kenta Maeda and cash still go to Minnesota, with Brusdar Graterol and the 67th pick in the draft headed to Los Angeles.
The blockbuster three-team deal was agreed upon almost a week ago. Betts and starter Price were going to the Dodgers for Verdugo and Twins pitching prospect Graterol. Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda was headed to the Twins.
After a medical review of Graterol, the hard-throwing 21-year-old who has undergone Tommy John surgery and missed time in 2019 with a shoulder injury. This news forced the deal to be re-worked,
This delay also prevented the completion of a trade sending outfielder Joc Pederson, starter Ross Stripling and prospect Andy Pages to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo and a prospect