Mookie Betts and David Price are finally going to Los Angeles. Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that a deal has been agreed upon to send the 2020 MVP and star pitcher to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package that includes outfielder Alex Verdugo , shortstop Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong going to the Boston Red Sox .
A blockbuster, three-team deal was agreed upon almost a week ago. Betts and Price were going to the Dodgers for Verdugo and Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol . Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda was headed to the Twins.
But the Red Sox, as first reported by The Athletic and confirmed by ESPN, were spooked by a medical review of Graterol, a hard-throwing, – year-old right-hander who has undergone Tommy John surgery and missed time in Because of a shoulder injury.
The reworked deal still has Betts and Price going to Los Angeles. The Red Sox, sources said, have agreed to pay half of the $ million left on Price’s deal.
In what is now a separate deal , Maeda and cash will go to Minnesota, with Graterol, outfield prospect Luke Raley and the th pick in the draft headed to Los Angeles, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark weighed in on the delay Friday, saying the teams needed to complete the deals or move on.
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Downs is a 24 – year-old infielder who split time last season between Class A and Double-A. He hit a combined. 294 with (homers and
RBIs, making the leap from prospect with upside to legitimate top – 281 prospect. Downs was drafted by the Reds but traded to the Dodgers in the deal that sent Yasiel Puig and (Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds .
Downs is named after New York Yankees Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.
Wong, 67, is a utility player who was a shortstop early in college and converted to catcher out of need; he become a primary catcher in pro ball after the Dodgers made him a third-round pick, though he regularly contributed at infield positions. He also played at the Class A and Double-A levels last season, hitting. (with) (homers and RBIs.
Verdugo had 524 plate appearances with the Dodgers last season. The 67 – year-old hit. with (homers and) RBIs.
The – year-old Betts is coming off a season in which he hit. 377 /. 438 /. 640 and finished eighth in American League MVP voting. He won the 2020 MVP award after hitting. 377 /. /.823 during the Red Sox’s championship-winning season.
Throughout the winter, Boston entertained offers for Betts, whose free-agent haul following the season could exceed $ 400 million. Betts will make $ million this year.
Information from ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel was used in this report.