Red Sox raise medical concerns regarding Brusdar Graterol, delaying trade

Rob Bradford
February 06, 2020 - 7:00 am
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You didn't actually think anything involving the Red Sox' offseason was going to be easy, did you?

According to The Athletic, the three-team trade that would send Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers, Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox and Kenta Maeda to the Twins has been held up due to Boston's concerns over Graterol's health.

The Red Sox reportedly have concerns regarding the 21-year-old pitcher Graterol, who has not only undergone Tommy John surgery but missed two months last season due to shoulder issues, limiting him to 70 2/3 innings in 2019. The Sox may view him more as a reliever than a starter, potentially necessitating another player and/or cash added in the deal.

Per ESPN, the likelihood of the deal blowing up is slim and a source told The Athletic that the medical issue "is a problem but one we can figure out."

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