ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Twins have come to an agreement on a reworked trade involving outfielder Mookie Betts. Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Dodgers will get Betts, starter David Price, and cash from the Red Sox. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo, infield prospect Jeter Downs, and catching prospect Connor Wong from the Dodgers. As usual, the trade is still pending review of the involved players’ medicals, but the players have all been notified of the trade. The Twins will receive starter Kenta Maeda, a lower level minor league player, and $10 million in exchange from the Dodgers for reliever Brusdar Graterol, outfielder Luke Raley, and the No. 67 pick in the 2020 draft.
The first iteration of the three-team trade fell apart due to concerns over Twins reliever Brusdar Graterol’s medicals. In the end, though, every team got what they wanted. The Red Sox cleared a significant amount of salary off of their payroll, getting under the $208 million competitive balance tax threshold. The Dodgers, silent for much of the offseason, made a big upgrade to the roster, adding one of the best players in the game in Betts and a solid starter in Price. The Twins bolstered the rotation yet again with Maeda. He’ll join a rotation that includes newcomers Rich Hill and Homer Bailey as well as mainstays José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi.
Downs is rated as the Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Wong came in at No. 28. Graterol ranked No. 3 in the Twins’ system.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.