Mookie Betts and David Price are at long last going to Los Angeles. Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that an arrangement has been settled upon to send the players to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a bundle that incorporates outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong heading off to the Boston Red Sox.
A blockbuster, three-group bargain was settled upon just about seven days back. Betts, the 2018 MVP, and Price, a five-time All-Star who won the AL Cy Young in 2012, were setting off to the Dodgers for Verdugo and Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol. Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda was gone to the Twins.
Be that as it may, the Red Sox, as first detailed by The Athletic and affirmed , were frightened by a restorative audit of Graterol, a hard-tossing, 21-year-old right-hander who has experienced Tommy John medical procedure and missed time in 2019 as a result of shoulder damage.
The revamped arrangement despite everything has Betts and Price going to Los Angeles. The Red Sox, sources stated, have consented to pay half of the $96 million remaining on Price’s arrangement.
In what is presently a different arrangement, Maeda and money will go to Minnesota, with Graterol, outfield prospect Luke Raley and the 67th pick right now made a beeline for Los Angeles, sources affirmed to ESPN.
Significant League Baseball Players Association official chief Tony Clark said something regarding the postpone Friday, saying the groups expected to finish the arrangements or proceed onward.
On Sunday, Red Sox star J.D. Martinez posted an image on Instagram of himself and Betts commending their 2018 World Series title. Martinez wrote in the inscription: “Thanks for all the great memories! Wishing you guys the best!”
Downs is a 21-year-old infielder who split time last season between Class An and Double-A. He hit a consolidated .276 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs, making the jump from prospect with upside to real top-100 possibility. Downs was drafted by the Reds yet exchanged to the Dodgers in the arrangement that sent Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds.
Downs is named after New York Yankees Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.
Wong, 23, is an utility player who was a shortstop right off the bat in school and changed over to catcher out of need; he become an essential catcher in expert ball after the Dodgers made him a third-round pick, however he normally contributed at infield positions.
He additionally played at the Class An and Double-A levels last season, hitting .281 with 24 homers and 82 RBIs.
Verdugo had 377 plate appearances with the Dodgers last season. The 23-year-old hit .294 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs.
The 27-year-old Betts is falling off a season in which he hit .295/.391/.524 and completed eighth in American League MVP casting a ballot. He won the 2018 MVP grant subsequent to hitting .346/.438/.640 during the Red Sox’s title winning season.
All through the winter, Boston engaged ideas for Betts, whose free-operator pull following the 2020 season could surpass $400 million. Betts will make $27 million this year.