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MLB Rumors: Red Sox trade Mookie Betts, David Price to Dodgers in revised deal

MLB Rumors: Red Sox trade Mookie Betts, David Price to Dodgers in revised deal

It appears the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a resolution to their delayed Mookie Betts deal.

Instead of Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol, the Red Sox will receive Dodgers infield prospect Jeter Downs and catching prospect Connor Wong in addition to outfielder Alex Verdugo, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.


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The Red Sox worked to reconfigure the trade after raising concerns about Graterol's medical records. As a result, Graterol heads to L.A. in exchange for veteran right-hander Kenta Maeda, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Downs spent 107 games in 2019 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A-Advanced California League. There, he hit .269/.354/.507 with 19 home runs and 75 RBI. The 21-year-old immediately becomes Boston's top prospect.

Wong, 23, was with Rancho Cucamonga for 71 games, slashing .245/.306/.507 15 homers and 51 RBI.

Verdugo, also 23, broke out for the Dodgers in 2019 with a .294/.342/.475 slash line to go along with 12 homers and 44 RBI in 106 games. He missed nearly all of the final two months of the season due to back issues.

Joe Kelly still has major bone to pick with sign-stealing Astros players

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Joe Kelly still has major bone to pick with sign-stealing Astros players

Joe Kelly isn't done taking aim at the Houston Astros.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever recently earned an eight-game suspension (reportedly reduced to five games upon appeal) for throwing at multiple Houston Astros players during the teams' late-July matchup.

And in case you were unclear how Kelly feels about Houston's players stealing signs back in 2017, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher left little doubt during an appearance on teammate Ross Stripling's "Big Swing" podcast.

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"The people who took the fall for what happened is nonsense," Kelly told Stripling. "Yes, everyone is involved. But the way that [sign-stealing system] was run over there was not from coaching staff. ... They're not the head boss in charge of that thing. It's the players.

"So now the players get the immunity, and all they do is go snitch like a little b----, and they don't have to get fined, they don't have to lose games."

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch and bench coach Alex Cora all lost their jobs as a result of Major League Baseball's investigation, while the players were granted immunity and weren't punished.

Kelly believes the players played a central role in the sign-stealing operation, though, and left their bosses out to dry by refusing to take responsibility for their actions.

"When you take someone's livelihood ... to save your own ass, that's what I don't like," Kelly said. "Cheating? They cheated. Everyone knows they're cheaters. They know they're cheaters. It's over. That's been there, done that. But now they mess it up by ruining other people's lives, so they f---ed it up twice.

" ... When you taint someone's name to save your own name, this is one of the worst things that you could probably do. ... That really friggin' bugs me. I think I'll be irritated forever."

Kelly earned a 2018 World Series ring under Cora in Boston and seemed particularly irked by Cora getting punished while his Astros players skated free.

"Maybe they have called [Cora] and said, 'Hey, I'm sorry,' " Kelly said. "... If they had said, 'Hey, I'm super-scared, I didn't know what to do, I didn't want to lose money, I had to rat.' ... Grow a pair of balls and say that."

The Dodgers host the Astros for two more games on Sept. 12 and 13. If Kelly's comments are any indication, it sounds like he won't be over this by then.

Watch Brusdar Graterol blow away Manny Machado while becoming an L.A. folk hero

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Watch Brusdar Graterol blow away Manny Machado while becoming an L.A. folk hero

They call him the Bazooka. And he's taking Los Angeles by storm.

As if trading Mookie Betts didn't open the Red Sox to enough buyer's remorse, the emergence of flame-throwing Brusdar Graterol in Los Angeles means they could also end up suffering from decliner's remorse.

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On Wednesday night, Graterol continued to amaze Dodgers fans with a three-pitch strikeout of Padres All-Star Manny Machado that wasn't remotely fair.

Machado took fastballs of 99 and 100 mph before flailing at a 91-mph slider that had his catcher practically diving into the left-handed batter's box. Watch for yourself:

Graterol, of course, is the reliever the Red Sox had originally accepted from the Twins to complete the Betts deal before balking at his medicals. Los Angeles took Graterol instead and sent prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong to Boston.

Graterol is 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA and seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings as part of a dominating Dodgers bullpen. He was nicknamed the Buffalo during his minor league days, a nod to his 6-1, 265-pound frame, but Dodgers fans have taken to calling him the Bazooka for his 100-mph sinkers.

The 21-year-old could've been pitching in Boston this year, but the Red Sox went another route. The coming years will tell us if they made the right choice.