The Red Sox have yet to make their three-team deal from Tuesday night official, but here are five questions in search of answers in the wake of the trade.
1. Did they get enough in return?
Short answer: no.
Long answer: it's complicated.
The Red Sox were not dealing from a position of strength, even given what they surrendered. Mookie Betts had only a year of control remaining, was due to make $27 million in 2020 and had given no indication that he was open to signing an extension anywhere else. That limited the Sox in their dealings.
In Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol, they got two very talented young players. Verdugo has the potential to be an All-Star outfielder and he's under control for five seasons. Graterol could be a No. 2 starter and is under control for six seasons. If both reach their potential, the Red Sox will have gotten a middle-of-the-order bat and a plus defender and an elite starter -- something they've failed to develop on their own -- for at least a five-year stretch.