The massive trade between the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Twins has currently hit a snag.
Blockbuster update: Red Sox viewed Brusdar Graterol's medicals and "projected him more as a reliever than a starter," per @Ken_Rosenthal. Sox might ask for additional player or money.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 6, 2020
Teams "confident the deal will be completed, but perhaps not in its original reported form."
As Chris Cotillo of MassLive reported, the hold up is over Graterol’s medical history that will ultimately project him as a reliever. The hard throwing prospect has already undergone Tommy John surgery and dealt with a shoulder impingement that delayed his MLB debut in 2019.
Ken Rosenthal also reported that the Red Sox don’t value relievers on the same plain as a starting pitching prospect, and may seek additional compensation or another prospect added to the deal. It’s a wise move for the first time GM, Chaim Bloom, as the Sox want to make sure they get full value for Mookie Betts and David Price.
While the deal has hit a current snag, it’s highly probable that this deal is completed with very little drama. The Red Sox have clearly committed to the movement of both pieces and the Dodgers already had retroactive moves in place (Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling to the Angels). It’s a sliver of hope for fans hoping to somehow, someway retain Betts, but old colleagues Andrew Friedman and Chaim Bloom will find a way to get this deal completed – and soon.