Report: Brusdar Graterol likely to remain in Minnesota; Twins no longer expect to be part of three-team deal

Brusdar Graterol won’t be heading to Boston after all and Kenta Maeda won’t be joining the Twins. At least that’s the way it’s looking.

After multiple days of negotiations to try to see if the Twins could remain a part of the trade that would send Mookie Betts and David Price from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, the Twins no longer expect to work out their end of the three-way trade, according to the Star Tribune. The newspaper cited two sources with knowledge of the talks in a report that appeared Saturday afternoon on its website.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the following:

News of the trade that would have sent Graterol, a hard-throwing righthander, to Boston and brought Maeda, a righthanded starter, back to Minnesota broke on Tuesday night. But the deal hit a snag when the Red Sox got the medical report on Graterol and realized he would need to be used as a reliever instead of as a starter. Boston reportedly wanted the Twins to throw in another Top 10 prospect (as Rosenthal reported), in addition to Graterol, and, not surprisingly, the Minnesota brass of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine balked.

That means Graterol, who throws 100-miles-an-hour but has had arm issues in the past, is likely to open the season in the Twins’ bullpen. What’s interesting is the Twins made no attempt to hide the fact they were going to use Graterol as a reliever and at TwinsFest last month pitching coach Wes Johnson called Graterol’s delivery “violent.” So did the Red Sox not do their homework on Graterol before initially agreeing to the deal? It sure seems that way.

It’s unclear what the Red Sox and Dodgers will do to complete a trade that would send outfield prospect Alex Verdugo to Boston. The original deal had Graterol going to Los Angeles and then Boston with Maeda going from the Dodgers to the Twins. Graterol’s agent, Scott Boras, issued a statement on Friday in an attempt to defuse concerns about his client’s arm.

Twins pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Fort Myers on Wednesday and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 17. Graterol reportedly already is at the Twins’ complex working out.