Revamped Mookie Betts deal reportedly in place

Rob Bradford
February 09, 2020 - 6:14 pm
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Let's try this again.

The Red Sox and Dodgers have revamped the trade sending Mookie Betts and David Price to Los Angeles, with the two teams now solely dealing with one another instead of including a third-team. According to multiple reports, heading back to the Red Sox will be outfielder Alex Verdugo, middle infield prospect Jeter Downs and minor-league catcher Connor Wong. (For scout's take on what the Red Sox are getting back, click here.)

The player which held up the previous agreement due to medical concerns, Minnesota pitcher Brusdar Graterol, is now going to the Dodgers in exchange for starter Kenta Maeda.

The Red Sox will pick up half of the $96 million owed Price over the next three seasons.

Verdugo had been part of the original package, with the Red Sox counting on the 23-year-old outfielder to replace Betts in the Sox' lineup. The lefty hitter, who missed time due to back problems last season, played in 106 games, batting .294 with an .817 OPS and 12 homers in 2019.

The 21-year-old Downs reached Double-A last season, playing in 12 games after hitting .269 with an .862 OPS in 107 Single-A games. He also stole 23 bases in 31 attempts at Rancho Cucamonga in 2019. He was the Reds' first-round pick in the 2017 June Draft before being dealt to the Dodgers in the Yasiel Puig trade.

Wong, a 23-year-old third-round pick in the 2017 June Draft, showed some offensive potential while splitting last season between Single-A and Double-A, finishing the campaign with a combined 24 homers and .878 OPS.