Latest on Red Sox' mega-deal with Dodgers and what holdup is

Ryan Hannable
February 07, 2020 - 9:52 am

The Red Sox' mega-trade with the Dodgers and Twins was reported as done Tuesday night, but it's now Friday and it hasn't been officially announced by the teams.

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Boston agreed to send Mookie Betts, David Price and cash to the Dodgers for outfielder Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol, who was one of the Twins' top pitching prospects last season.

So, what's the holdup?

It is the medicals with Graterol, a 21-year-old right-hander. He's known for his velocity, as his fastball was clocked at over 100 mph last season, but following the review of his medical records he's being looked at as more of a reliever than a starter.

On Thursday night, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported some involved speculated the deal wasn't a lock to get done anymore, but that doesn't appear to be the case after all. Shortly after that report, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic said talks between the clubs are going slowly and an option could be the Dodgers getting a top prospect from another team to bridge the gap with the Sox.

Then Friday morning, Heyman followed up and said all three teams are motivated to get the deal done and the Red Sox are looking to get a second prospect in addition to Graterol.

By all accounts, a deal will eventually be completed, it's just a matter of when everything gets figured out.

The Red Sox open spring training in Fort Myers next Wednesday, so it's likely a press conference following the deal will not take place in Boston, rather Florida some time next week.

Also, the team still does not have a manager and MLB is expected to release its findings into the investigation of the 2018 team perhaps as early as next week.

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