Report: Red Sox, Dodgers, Twins agree to blockbuster three-way trade involving Mookie Betts

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Red Sox and Dodgers have agreed on a trade that would send outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to Los Angeles. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports adds that the Twins are also involved in the trade.

Betts, 27, hit .295/.391/.524 with 29 home runs, 80 RBI, 135 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases across 706 plate appearances this past season. He was worth 6.6 Wins Above Replacement according to FanGraphs, the ninth-best mark in baseball and fifth-best in the AL.

Price, 34, is coming off of his worst season, ERA-wise, since his rookie season in 2009. He went 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA and a 128/32 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings of work.

Betts will earn $27 million this year and can become a free agent at the conclusion of the season. Price has three years and $96 million remaining on his contract. The Red Sox have been very adamant about getting under the $208 million competitive balance tax threshold. This trade should help them accomplish that goal.

More on this trade as information becomes available.

Update: As part of the deal, Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are sending starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins. 21-year-old pitcher Brusdar Graterol, who made his major league debut last season, will go from the Twins to the Red Sox. Per Passan, the Red Sox will be receiving outfielder Alex Verdugo as well.

Maeda, 31, has four years and $12 million remaining on his contract. Last year, he posted a 4.04 ERA with 169 strikeouts and 51 walks over 153 2/3 innings spread out across 26 starts and 11 relief appearances.

Graterol made 10 appearances out of the bullpen last year, yielding five runs on 10 hits and a pair of walks with 10 strikeouts over 9 2/3 innings.

Verdugo, 23, got his first extended stint in the majors. He hit .294/.342/.475 with 12 homers, 44 RBI, and 43 runs scored in 377 plate appearances.

Rosenthal also notes that, if this blockbuster trade is indeed finalized, the Dodgers would trade outfielder Joc Pederson to the Angels.

Mike Tirico to host NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show ‘Lunch Talk Live’

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NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show, Lunch Talk Live, debuts this Monday, April 6, at Noon ET on NBCSN, featuring host Mike Tirico joined by special guests, including current and former athletes, NBC Sports’ lineup of on-air commentators, and other prominent voices and figures within sports and media.

Lunch Talk Live focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

“In these challenging times, we are all missing sports and the people who make sports memories,” said Tirico. “Hopefully, we can bring a midday connection with some of them to help fill the void.”

Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer & President of Production, said, “We’re excited to bring viewers fresh programming every day with unique, topical conversations from prominent individuals in all corners of sports. This will be a daily lunch date to share sports and stories we miss during these unique times.”

The hour-long show will air weekdays at Noon ET on NBCSN and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select content and interviews will additionally be hosted on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Tirico will host Lunch Talk Live episodes remotely, beginning this Monday.