The Dodgers, Red Sox and Minnesota Twins have agreed on a three-team trade that will send outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to Los Angeles, according to an official with direct knowledge of the discussions.
The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet finalized.
Boston’s return package will include outfielder Alex Verdugo from Los Angeles as well as pitching prospect Brusdal Graterol from the Twins. Minnesota will get right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers.
Already favorites to win the NL West for an eighth consecutive year, the Dodgers now have an even better shot at reaching World Series for the third time in four years and winning the club’s first championship since 1988.
Boston won the World Series in 2018 but missed out on the postseason last year, firing GM Dave Dombrowski in September and manager Alex Cora in January for his role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
The move clears $59 million in 2020 salaries for Boston, with Price due $32 million and Betts $27 million, though the Red Sox are expected to send money to the Dodgers in the deal.
The Red Sox tried to sign Betts to a long-term deal on several occasions, but were never able to get the deal done. Now, the Dodgers are left to see whether they can keep Betts when he becomes a free agent after this season.
He hit .295 with 29 home runs, 80 RBI and led the majors with 135 runs scored in 2019.
Price signed a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox after the 2015 season and is still due $96 million over the next three years. The 2012 Cy Young winner had a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts last season.
Meanwhile, the Twins strengthen their staff with Maeda, who has a 3.87 ERA in four seasons. The 32-year-old bounced between the rotation and bullpen with the Dodgers, but he should compete for a rotation slot immediately in Minnesota.
Graterol, going from Minnesota to Boston, was one of the Twins’ top pitching prospects, reaching the majors in 2019. The Twins planned to use the flamethrower as a reliever this season, but the 21-year-old is expected to be a starter in the long term.
In a separate trade, the Dodgers have agreed to send outfielder Joc Pederson – deemed surplus with Betts aboard – to the neighboring Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo.
Per USA Today