MLB Rumors: The Mookie Betts trade involving the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers no longer involves the Minnesota Twins, according to LaVelle Neal, who says the Twins will not add anything to Brusdar Graterol on their end of the deal. The Twins were slated to receive Kenta Maeda from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were getting Betts and David Price from Boston, with the Red Sox getting Graterol and Dodger outfielder Alex Verdugo.
Boston was reportedly alarmed by the medicals on Graterol, a big righthanded pitcher who worked out of Minnesota’s bullpen late last year before being shut down due to shoulder issues, and asked for additional compensation in the deal. Graterol also had Tommy John surgery in 2017.
The Dodgers were also sending outfielder Joc Pederson and pitcher Ross Stripling to the Angels in a separate deal that is in limbo while the Betts/Price situation gets resolved. The simplest thing would be for Boston to keep Maeda and either plug him into their rotation or move him for a package they like, though a different third team could be brought into the deal, or the Dodgers could give up someone other than Maeda that makes this deal palatable for Boston.
UPDATE — Ken Rosenthal and others are now saying that the Twins aren’t necessarily out of the deal, but they aren’t going to give up another one of their top 10 prospects, which is what Boston is asking for. So the Dodgers could send Maeda to Minnesota, keep Graterol, and find some other piece that would satisfy Boston in place of Graterol.