Four days after the Red Sox had reason to believe that they had pulled off a complicated, three-team, five-player deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, that deal was hanging in the balance Saturday night with the news that the Twins had pulled out of their portion of the blockbuster.
Originally, the Red Sox had agreed to send Mookie Betts, David Price and more than $40 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitcher Brusdar Graterol. Graterol came to the Sox via L.A. after the Dodgers obtained him from Minnesota for veteran starting pitcher Kenta Maeda.
But the Sox grew alarmed at the medicals on Graterol, putting the deal on hold as they further reviewed things. Boston was concerned that, following a right shoulder impingement last spring -- to say nothing of Tommy John surgery in 2016 -- Graterol profiled more as a reliever rather than filling a starting role as they envisioned.
Talks between the Sox and Twins failed to yield anything, and late Saturday afternoon, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the Twins pulled out of their end of the deal, canceling the trade with the Dodgers involving Graterol and Maeda.
That left the Sox, for the time being at least, with only Verdugo to show for Betts, Price and tens of million dollars -- obviously an insufficient return.
Where that leaves the rest of the trade is uncertain. As of Saturday night, the Sox and Dodgers