It has been roughly 36 hours, and Mookie Betts and David Price are still not officially Dodgers. Unfortunately, there has been an issue with the massive 3-team trade that was agreed to on Tuesday night.
The hold up is that the Red Sox are concerned about Brusdar Graterol‘s medicals. He’s the right-handed pitching prospect coming from the Twins for Kenta Maeda. Graterol was paired with Alex Verdugo from the Dodgers to get Betts and Price.
From the article:
“The Red Sox, after viewing the medical records of Twins right-hander Brusdar Graterol, projected him more as a reliever than as a starter, according to sources involved with the discussions. As a result of that valuation, the Sox might ask for an additional player and/or money to bridge the gap, though it is unclear whether the player would come from the Twins or Dodgers, sources said.”
Maybe the Red Sox should have, I don’t know, done a better job of scouting him and/or just Google’d literally any recent scouting report for him. But I digress.
Overall, this isn’t too concerning for the Dodgers, as there will likely be some kind of agreement to get around Graterol’s medicals. I’m not sure the Dodgers will have to give up anything more, but this could maybe cost them some of the money coming from Boston to cover Price’s contract or perhaps they’ll have to chip in a middling prospect of some kind.
Either way, this trade is still going to get done. You can buy your Mookie Betts shirts without fear. It may not look exactly like the originally reported deal, but it will end up with Betts and Price in Dodger uniforms.