While some fans believed they would see both Mookie Betts and David Price land in Los Angeles much sooner, there is some uncertainty lingering around the completion of baseball’s biggest deal this winter, as the Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins are still working to find a common resolution.
Specifically, the medical records of hard-throwing pitcher Brusdar Graterol have been the biggest obstacle in finalizing the trade.
The original scenario would have seen Betts and Price shipped to the Dodgers from Boston, outfielder Alex Verdugo sent to the Red Sox from Los Angeles, righty swing man Kenta Maeda sent to the Twins from Los Angeles, and Graterol sent to the Red Sox from Minnesota.
Additionally, the Red Sox were to believed to have agreed to send enough money to the Dodgers to cover half of Price’s three-year, $96 million contract.
After viewing the medicals of Graterol, the Red Sox saw something that led them to believe that the 21-year-old native of Venezuela projected more as a reliever than a starter. After being recalled by the Twins last year when rosters expanded in September, Graterol made 10 appearances, all in relief.
According to reports, all three teams agreed to the deal in principle last Tuesday evening, pending the results of player physicals.
Those familiar with the communication between all three teams still believe that a deal will be completed. As of Thursday evening, some felt that the Red Sox might be requesting an additional player and money to compensate for what they believed they lost in Graterol.
To complicate matters, the deal that would have seen both Joc Pederson and swing man Ross Stripling sent to the Angels in exchange for Luis Rengifo and an unnamed prospect is also on hold, as the Dodgers seemingly patterned that specific exchange of players on the premise that both Betts and Price would have been added to the Dodgers’ active roster.
Furthermore, Pederson’s arbitration hearing apparently began late Thursday afternoon. Reports suggested that a third party agent represented the outfielder instead of a spokesperson for either the Dodgers or the Angels.
Pederson earned an even $5 million in his age 27 season last year. Spotrac projected the Palo Alto native to make $8.5 million during the upcoming campaign, after which he will be eligible to file for free agency, assuming he is not extended.
Despite the complications, reporters who have closely been covering both trades feel that all deals could conceivably be finalized as soon as Friday afternoon.
Stay tuned for updates as they continue to develop.