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Red Sox, Dodgers salvage mega-deal — with some adjustments

Five days after it appeared a deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers was first in place, it became finalized late Sunday afternoon, according to several reports.

The Red Sox will send Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers -- as initially planned -- but now, in addition to outfielder Alex Verdugo, the Red Sox will receive shortstop Jeter Downs.

In the initial swap, the Sox were going to receive Verdugo and Minnesota Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol. But the Sox balked after viewing Graterol's medicals, wary that the 21-year-old pitcher may not profile as durable enough to become a starting pitcher, as they had envisioned.

After days of back-and-forth negotiations between the Sox and Twins failed to result in a satisfying resolution for both teams, the Twins focused on making the same deal they had originally -- getting veteran starting pitcher Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers. This time, however, Graterol will stay with the Dodgers, instead of being flipped to the Red Sox.

In place of Graterol, the Sox landed Downs, a highly-regarded athletic middle infielder who was initially selected by the Reds, but dealt to the Dodgers in December of 2018 as part of a huge multi-player deal. He's the younger brother of Red Sox minor league first baseman Jerry Downs, and yes, he's named after you-know-who.


While Red Sox fans are likely to be unhappy about losing Betts, this iteration of the deal represents a better