The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a reworked trade that will ship star outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers.
League sources suggested ESPN and MLB Media on Sunday that Boston will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop prospect Jeter Downs and catcher prospect Connor Wong in the deal. Betts and Price will go to the Dodgers, with the Red Sox agreeing to pay half of the $96 million left on Price’s contract.
A blockbuster trade between the Dodgers, Red Sox and Minnesota Twins was agreed upon last week. In the settlement, Betts and Price have been headed to the Dodgers for Verdugo and Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol, whereas Los Angeles starting pitcher Kenta Maeda was going to the Twins.
According to ESPN, the deal was in jeopardy of falling apart when the Red Sox reviewed the medical info of Graterol, a 21-year-old right-hander. The hard-throwing pitcher has undergone Tommy John’s surgical process and missed time last season with a shoulder injury.
In what’s now a separate trade, Maeda and cash considerations will go to the Twins in change for Graterol, outfield prospect Luke Raley and the 67th alternative in the 2020 MLB Draft, in accordance with ESPN. The Twins may even buy a low-level prospect from the Dodgers in the trade.
Betts, 27, had a .295 batting widespread with 29 residence runs, 80 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 150 regular-season video games last season, ending eighth in American League MVP voting. The 2018 AL MVP set occupation highs in batting widespread (.346), residence runs (32) and stolen bases (30) all through the Red Sox’s World Series-winning advertising and marketing marketing campaign in 2018.
During the off-season, the Red Sox entertained offers for Betts, whose free-agent ticket may exceed $400 million after the 2020 season. Betts is scheduled to earn $27 million this yr.
Verdugo, 23, took over in center self-discipline when A.J. Pollock was injured, recording a .294 batting widespread with 12 homers and 44 RBIs. He didn’t play after Aug. 4 due to once more injury.
Graterol threw 9 2/3 innings a last season in the majors, posting a 1-1 file and 4.66 ERA. In the minors the last yr, he was 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA all through three ranges.
Price was 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 begins with the Red Sox last season. Maeda posted a 10-8 file and 4.04 ERA in 37 video games (26 begins) in Los Angeles.
Downs, who is named after New York Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, break up time the last yr between Class A and Double-A. The 21-year-old infielder hit a blended .276 with 24 residence runs and 86 RBIs.
Wong, 23, moreover carried out on Class A and Double-A ranges last season, recording a .281 batting widespread with 24 homers and 82 RBIs.