After a days-long impasses between the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, a resolution was reached on the Mookie Betts front. Rather than progress with a three-team trade, the Dodgers reportedly struck separate agreements with each team.
In the new deals, the Dodgers are trading Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong to the Red Sox in exchange for Betts, David Price and cash considerations. Meanwhile, L.A. still moved ahead with trading Kenta Maeda, cash and a prospect to the Twins.
That called for the Dodgers to receive Brusdar Graterol, a compensation pick and Luke Raley, whom L.A. drafted and sent to Minnesota in their 2018 trade for Brian Dozier. With those trades in place, the expectation was the Dodgers would next move toward completing their deal with the L.A. Angels.
However, that trade has fallen through, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 10, 2020
Soon after reports surfaced last week of the three-team blockbuster, the Dodgers were poised to send Joc Pederson, Ross Stripling and Andy Pages to the Angels for Luis Rengifo and one or two prospects in a secondary trade.
The move helped alleviate an outfield logjam for the Dodgers and keep them under the luxury tax threshold by moving Pederson. Though, on Friday an arbitration panel ruled in favor of the Dodgers, locking Pederson in at a $7.75 million salary for 2020; he filed at $9.5 million.
As the Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins attempted to work through their differences, Angels owner Arte Moreno reportedly grew frustrated by the delay. That presumably played a role in their deal falling through in spite of a resolution being reached on other fronts.
With the Angels trade no longer on the table, the Dodgers face a roster crunch as their new additions (Betts, Price, Graterol, Raley) put them over the 40-man roster limit even with removing Maeda and Verdugo.
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