It’s been about 48 hours since reports broke that the Dodgers had brokered a three-team deal with Boston and Minnesota to send a lot of moving parts to new homes. However, a problem remains here…
None of the teams have announced the deal.
Understandably, with so many moving parts it’s in each team’s best interest to double-check every bit of the deal up and down. And by the way, there are a lot of moving parts indeed. Kenta Maeda and Alex Verdugo would head from the Dodgers to Minnesota and Boston respectively. David Price and Mookie Betts would go to LA from Boston. And hard-throwing prospect Brusdar Graterol would head from Minnesota to Boston.
But issues over Graterol’s medical records — namely his pitching shoulder — caused the Red Sox to pump the brakes and rethink this blockbuster deal.
Now Jon Heyman tells us that is indeed the case.
Red Sox are said to be trying to reconfigure the part of the Betts 3-team deal with the Twins (meaning more than Graterol). While there’s still hope the mega deal gets done in some form, some involved are now suggesting it’s not a certainty.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 7, 2020
Over the last 20 hours, this dead has gone from done to slim chance this trade will completely fall apart to not a certainty. And with that, baseball continues to hold its collective breath.
Importantly, however, progress on some version of a deal is reportedly being made, per MLB.com writer Mark Feinsand.
Source familiar with the three-way Boston/Los Angeles/Minnesota trade said the sides are “making progress,” and while a deal isn’t likely to be finalized any earlier than Friday, it’s still “more likely to happen than not.”
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 7, 2020
The Twins may pony up more along with Graterol in a deal to Boston. They made switch prospects. Or they could be removed from the equation altogether. However, reports are that Minnesota is very interested in acquiring Kenta Maeda from Los Angeles.
Even if Minnesota is out, another key element to consider in a Boston/Los Angeles swap is the relationship between Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom. Bloom worked with Friedman back in their Tampa Bay Rays days, adding an element of familiarity that could play up in assuring that a deal gets done.
Of course, this three-team deal isn’t the only trade that’s on hold. The Dodgers are also holding on transaction that would send Joc Pederson, Ross Stripling, and a prospect to the Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo and a reported two prospects.
It seems like nothing will come easy for Dodgers fans this off-season. Still, it appears that fans should feel confident that Mookie Betts will be suiting up for Los Angeles before the start of spring training.