Dodgers, Twins Complete Kenta Maeda for Brusdar Graterol Swap, per Reports

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins reportedly struck a deal on Sunday afternoon that would send LA pitcher Kenta Maeda and a yet unnamed minor leaguer to Minnesota for hard-throwing right-hander Brusdar Graterol, a prospect, and a draft pick.

It seems that Los Angeles added the salary relief going to Minnesota in an effort to bring back the additional outfield prospect as well as the 2020 draft pick. 

Of course, this deal has been in the works for the better part of a week and is/was part of an earlier reported three-team deal that would send Red Sox star outfielder Mookie Betts along with pitcher David Price to Los Angeles. That deal remained in limbo until a new version got done today that included the Dodgers adding more prospect capital than originally planned.

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With Graterol in tow, the Dodgers add one more unexpected relief arm option to their loaded but questionable bullpen.

Alongside Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly, and others, the addition of Graterol gives the Dodgers several potentially lights-out right-handed late inning options out of the bullpen.


Importantly, one more rumored trade remains in limbo. The Dodgers and Angels have reportedly agreed to a 4 or 5 player swap that would send pitcher Ross Stripling and outfielder Joc Pederson to Anaheim for prospects. 

Of note in all of this, the MLB Player’s Association lambasted all teams involved in holding up the two originally reported trades. Moreover, LA third baseman Justin Turner turned on the media over their efforts to be “first” before being right.

Thankfully this saga appears to be coming to a close and hopefully the wheels turn quickly on the rest of it. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training this week, so something needs to get done immediately. 

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