The trade in Mookie Betts strikes because of the medical review


The three-team blockbuster trade that Mookie Betts sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday got a catch, according to The Athletic.

The deal was postponed on Wednesday due to health issues affecting at least one player, although officials involved in the deal are still confident that it will be completed, according to the ESPN.

The deal would send superstar Right Fielder Betts, pitcher David Price and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a three-way deal that includes the Minnesota Twins. Boston acquired 23-year-old Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo, who hit .294 / .342 / .475 in 106 games last season, and Brusdar Graterol from the Twins.

Minnesota acquired 31-year-old Righty hurler Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers, who scored 4.04 ERA in 153 innings 10-8 and was largely a reliever and spot starter.

According to the ESPN report, the Red Sox were alerted by a medical exam of Graterol, who had undergone Tommy John surgery and missed time in 2019 due to a shoulder injury. The 21-year-old right-hander was one of the top prospects for the twins and, according to, is known for a fastball that can reach three digits.

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Even so, the possibility that this slowdown could affect trading is highly unlikely given that there are other options to close the deal, sources told ESPN. Players could be switched, or the Red Sox could change the amount of money they send to Los Angeles to cover part of the $ 96 million price still owed.

Another possible option, according to the report, is that the Dodgers and Red Sox could draft a two-team contract or involve a new third team if the graterol injury turns out to be a non-starter for Boston.