February 27, 2021

Mookie Betts to the Dodgers is done (ESPN)


It looks like Mookie Betts will — finally — be flying west for spring training. The three-way trade that was to send Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers is now a two-team swap between Boston and Los Angeles, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The new trade removes the Twins and pitcher Brusdar Graterol from the equation because of Boston’s concerns about Graterol’s medical reports. The Red Sox will instead send Betts, Price and cash to the Dodgers for outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop prospect Jeter Downs and catcher/infield prospect Connor Wong. The Dodgers and Twins completed a separate deal that sends Kenta Maeda to Minnesota for Graterol, a lower-level prospect and the 67th pick in this year’s MLB draft.

Let’s look at the new ramifications of one of the biggest offseason blockbuster trades in history.

What changed since Tuesday’s version of the deal?

Simply, the Red Sox wanted out on Graterol after reviewing his medical reports. The hard-throwing right-hander missed the 2016 season after Tommy John surgery and missed time in the minors in 2019 because of shoulder problems, but his electrifying fastball got him to the big leagues in…

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