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Mookie Betts trade held up by Brusdar Graterol question

The blockbuster trade that will send Red Sox star Mookie Betts to the Dodgers is being held up by a medical review of one of the prospects in the deal.

Brusdar Graterol of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the New York Yankees on October 4, 2019 in game one of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox agreed to a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins revolving around star outfielder Mookie Betts, but the deal is now being held up by a question surrounding Twins prospect Brusdar Graterol.

Betts and David Price were set to join the Dodgers, with prospects maneuvering around between LA, Boston, and Minnesota. However, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Reds Sox review of Graterol’s medical records raised a red flag. They are now projecting him more as a reliever than a starter and, “might ask for an additional player and/or money to bridge the gap, though it is unclear whether the player would come from the Twins or Dodgers, sources said.”

Graterol missed over two months with a right shoulder impingement, but returned in time to earn a spot on the Twins’ Division series roster. Rosenthal reported that, “the Twins viewed him as a future reliever, and the Red Sox evidently agree that he is not suited for a 150- to 170-inning workload, at least not right away.”

It remains to be seen how a review of medical records led to this change in opinion, but for the time being it is holding up this blockbuster trade.