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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Report: Red Sox seeking extra prospect from Twins in Mookie Betts deal

Mookie Betts

The Boston Red Sox have yet to finalize the trade that was supposed to send Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they may have to find a new third team to bring into the mix in order to complete the deal.

The Red Sox were supposed to get 21-year-old pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol from the Minnesota Twins as part of the Betts deal, but Ken Rosenthal reported on Wednesday that Boston was unhappy with what they found in Graterol’s medical records. Now, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox are trying to get an additional prospect from the Twins, but Minnesota is not having it.

The complications have led to talk that the Betts deal may be nixed, but the Red Sox and Dodgers both appear committed to making sure it happens. Heyman adds that the two teams have been exploring ways to complete the deal without the Twins if need be.

Obviously, the situation is less than ideal. It’s unclear why the Red Sox suddenly became concerned about Graterol’s medical records, as they knew he had Tommy John surgery in 2016. Skeptics have argued that Boston is trying to save face after fans and analysts bashed them for getting so little in return for Betts and David Price, who is also supposed to be heading to the Dodgers. We know at least one Red Sox player who would probably be thrilled if the deal fell through.

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