It’s been three days since news broke that the Red Sox were trading star former MVP Mookie Betts, along with pitcher David Price, to the Dodgers as part of a three-team deal that included the Twins.
The mega-deal is still not complete.
Part of the deal included Twins right-handed pitcher Brusdar Graterol going to the Red Sox, who were just waiting on medical records. Boston didn’t like what they saw on the 21-year-old prospect.
MLB Network reported that talks would continue Friday between just the Red Sox and Twins, but “movement has been slow.” Boston is now pursuing a second top prospect or more money in addition to Graterol, per The Athletic.
The Red Sox reportedly view Graterol, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016, as more of a reliever now that they’ve seen his medical history. Originally, the organization hoped he would compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported at the end of last month that the Twins had already planned to deploy Graterol as a reliever in order to protect his arm.
There is still hope that the deal will close, but some involved are suggesting that it’s not a sure thing, per MLB Network.