A blockbuster three-team deal was agreed upon almost a week ago. Betts, the 2018 MVP, and Price, a five-time All-Star who won the AL Cy Young in 2012, were going to the Dodgers for Verdugo andMinnesota Twinspitching prospect Brusdar Graterol. Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda was headed to the Twins.
But the Red Sox, as first reported by The Athletic and confirmed by ESPN, were spooked by a medical review of Graterol, a hard-throwing, 21-year-old right-hander who has undergone Tommy John surgery and missed time in 2019 because of a shoulder injury.
The reworked deal still has Betts and Price going to Los Angeles. The Red Sox, sources said, have agreed to pay half of the $96 million left on Price's deal.
In what is now a separate deal, Maeda and cash will go to Minnesota, with Graterol, outfield prospect Luke Raley and the 67th pick in this year's draft headed to Los Angeles, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark weighed in on the delay Friday, saying the teams needed to complete the deals or move on.
On Sunday, Red Sox star J.D. Martinez posted a picture on Instagram of himself and Betts celebrating their 2018 World Series title. Martinez wrote in the caption: "Thanks for all the great memories! Wishing you guys the best!"
Downs, 21, is an infielder who split time last season between Class A and Double-A. He hit a combined .276 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs, making the leap from prospect with upside to legitimate top-100 prospect. Downs was drafted by the Reds but traded to the Dodgers in the deal that sentYasiel Puig and Alex Woodto theCincinnati Reds.
Downs is named afterNew York YankeesHall of Fame inductee Derek Jeter.
Wong, 23, is a utility player who was a shortstop early in college and converted to catcher out of need; he become a primary catcher in pro ball after the Dodgers made him a third-round pick, though he regularly contributed at infield positions. He also played at the Class A and Double-A levels last season, hitting .281 with 24 homers and 82 RBIs.
Verdugo, 23, had 377 plate appearances with the Dodgers last season. He hit .294 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs.
Betts, 27, is coming off a season in which he hit .295/.391/.524 and finished eighth in American League MVP voting. He won the 2018 MVP award after hitting .346/.438/.640 during Boston's championship-winning season.
Throughout the winter, the Red Sox entertained offers for Betts, whose free-agent salary haul following the 2020 season could exceed $400 million. Betts will make $27 million this year.
ESPN's Kiley McDaniel contributed to this report.
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