A week after it was reported the Twins would be involved in a three-team trade with the Red Sox and Dodgers that would bring righthanded starter Kenta Maeda to Minnesota and send pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston, it appears the Twins will land the guy they wanted. Only their portion of the trade will no longer involve Boston.
The Red Sox had concerns about what they saw on Graterol’s medical report, realizing that he likely would be more fit to be a reliever instead of a starter. That caused Boston to ask for an additional Top 10 prospect from the Twins but Minnesota’s brass balked at that request. Days of conversations did not result in a resolution between the teams.
The new agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jeff Passan of ESPN, is that the Twins and Dodgers will do a deal that sends Maeda and $10 million cash to Minnesota for Graterol and a compensation B draft pick (the 67th selection) in 2020. The teams also will exchange prospects with outfielder Luke Raley going to the Dodgers. As Rosenthal notes in the tweet below, this deal is pending medical review and, in this trade, that can’t be overlooked.
Deals coming together. #Dodgers in agreement with #MNTwins, pending medical review – Maeda and cash would go to MIN for Graterol and another prospect. Other elements perhaps. Meanwhile, per @JeffPassan, LAD and #RedSox in agreement on Betts and Price for Verdugo-Jeter Downs-plus.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 9, 2020
Outfielder Luke Raley is the prospect headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Brusdar Graterol and the 67th pick in the trade that sends Kenta Maeda and $10M cash to Minnesota, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. Raley hit .302/.362/.516 at Triple-A last season.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 10, 2020
Meanwhile, the Red Sox and Dodgers reportedly have agreed that outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price will go to Boston for prospects Alex Verdugo (outfielder), Jeter Downs (shortstop) and Connor Wong (catcher). The original agreement had Verdugo and Graterol (though the Dodgers) going to Boston.
Catching prospect Connor Wong is headed to the Boston Red Sox alongside outfielder Alex Verdugo and shortstop Jeter Downs in the trade that will send outfielder Mookie Betts, starter David Price and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell ESPN. Players have been notified.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 9, 2020