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

It’s a busy day for Andrew Friedman and company!

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 13: Pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the top of 1st inning during the game four between Japan and MLB All Stars at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima on November 13, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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

The Dodgers will be sending $10M to Minnesota in the deal.

UPDATE

We now know the outfielder coming to LA.

If the name Luke Raley rings a bell, it should. Raley was drafted by the Dodgers in 2016 and was part of a trade with Minnesota in 2018 that brought Brian Dozier to Dodger Stadium. 

It seems that Los Angeles added the salary relief going to Minnesota in an effort to bring back Raley as well as the 2020 draft pick — reported to be the 67th overall pick in the upcoming draft. 

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.

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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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  1. Boooo
    We bailed out the Corrupt Sox. And give more of our youth away for a player who doesn’t want or deserve to play for us. He will not be here for the 2021 season. Dumb trade
    Personally we don’t need mookie betts we needed to get a deal done with strawsburgh or Garrett Cole.
    This is the FO proving that they couldn’t get a deal done so the trade our Future to save face.
    we wouldn’t be talking about the dodgers pitching if we had secured another Ace with money… now we will have to look at what is available at the trade deadline and then spend some more of our prospects on a potential rental instead of outright owning a free agents contract for years to come. If we get a trade deadline deal at all.
    Clown shoes

    • I couldn’t agree more even when Friedman makes the big move he does it all wrong. That weasel in Boston is laughing right now for playing Friedman. We should’ve called their bluff and let them suffer with their payroll

  2. Done with Dodgers baseball
    FO basically allowed The Corrupt Sox to re-sign on a deal that was done because their front office heard a bunch of crap from their fans.
    So we reach back and give a bunch more prospects
    BS
    Boston is un-honorable yet have been honored as world series champions.
    We have to Bail them out while still honoring our stupid deal with angels
    All because our front office started hearing fans boycotting them because they can’t poney up the money to get what we really needed not another outfielder or a Rental. Andrew Friedman and stan kasten showed their incompetency and didn’t like being called out on it so they give away a bunch of controllable young tallent for a Rental and a pitcher that is over the hill.
    While harvesting our future.

    I’m done with the Dodgers FO
    Not spending money or supporting this deal with the Devil.
    Baseball is corrupt cheating is not dealt with and officially encouraged by no discipline for their actions.
    Front offices run muck
    This was our game and it has tainted for me to the point that I can go along with any of this any longer.

      • Yeah but the Kobe passing put the Lakers FO in shock and they didn’t pull the trigger for another guard! Now Collision isn’t returning! I’m starting to doubt they can compete with at least 3 teams..

        • Oh sht you’re right Kirk they definitely need more I don’t see any mamba mentality in them but rather in the opponents they play who Also loved Kobe. But atleast we know they won’t be cheated they’ll lose or win fair and square

      • Can’t cheat in Basketball? lol You used to have to dribble, and couldn’t turn the ball over like they all do nowadays. The coaches used to run the team, now the “Superstar” players do. Basketball is a different sport than the days of Pat Riley and Wilt Chamberlain.

  3. How about the Three Stooges! I’ve been a Dodger fan since around 1957. Hope they sink when Betts walks after the year.

    • I too am fed up with these criminals I’m rooting for the padres to beat these guys and win it all like Machado prophesied

  4. Go padres go angels F the dodger clap clap clap clap clap F the Dodgers clap clap clap clap clap clap I’m tanked on 2 seltzer’s and 5 shots of vodka the padres are going to win it all in year 51 because conspiracy=51 in gematria now fight me on it

  5. You guys need to tone it down. Friedman made a decent deal here. We have 3 catchers ahead of Wong on the depth chart. Downs projects as a decent shortstop. And Verdugo has a red flag, A back injury this early in his career? Not a good sign. So all in all, a good deal for us. Betts may be extended, too, after playing a bit for us. Price? AL pitcher facing a DH every game. And never pitched in the NL–just a spattering of interleague games. At 16 mil, he will be a solid addition. And he MAY flourish. And neither one of these guys was real happy with Boston management. Seriously, I do not look for Betts to win an MVP with us. But .280, 25 homers, 100 runs, and a Gold Glove? Write it down.

    • That’s a good assessment of this deal. And those stats are conservative for Betts in his walk yr. Plus if Price has a decent year he could be traded later now that he’s at 16 mill.

  6. Good moves by Friedman. May, Gonsolin, Gray, Lux, Ruiz, Beauty, Garlik, and other rookies still intact (at least up to now). Hated to see Jeter Downs go. Verdugo’s back issues made him questionable long term. Graterol may be questionable health wise, but 100 mph heat makes him worth the risk. I’d rather keep Pederson and dump Pollack. Platoon left field with Pederson, Taylor and Hernandez. If the Dodgers insist on trading Pederson, at least get something real in return for his 36 HR and relatively low salary (since he lost arbitration) this time. In Pollack’s case, just give him away to releive salary, and free up a roster spot. You could even offer some money to a team willing to take him. Same for Kelley. Last year’s free agent moves were terrible, and the Dodgers still won 106 games. Both Pollack and Kelley performed best when injured and sitting on the bench. Betts and Price could help take the Dodgers all the way this year. Even if Betts is gone as expected after this year, the rookies will have a year under their belts. If the Dodgers keep Pederson it’s also a hedge against Betts departure after this year.

  7. Yeah lets just give away 45 million dollars that is going to count against in the luxury tax any way. THAT WOULD BE REALLY SMART! Pederson might hit 34 more home runs this year and he might not. But one thing he is sure to do is strike out 150-170 times. That makes his home runs worth about zip in the overall scheme of things. At 150 Strikeouts and 34 homers, that mean he strikes out 4.4 times for every home run hit. Thats basically a game in which he contributes an o-fer for every HR he hits. That getting close to the rarefied air of the greatest home hitting/strike out king of all time, Dave Kingman! You won’t be seeing his name in the hall of fame any time soon.

    • Kingman hit over 400 home runs in a non steroid, non liveball era. He deserves to be in the HOF.
      And more than few practitioners of creative pharmaceutical arts currently in the HOF deserve to be removed. But as we all know, cheating is tolerated in baseball. Just ask ManFredo Corleone.

  8. You mean Dave Kingman? The guy who was caught water skiing in Lake Michigan while he was on the DL (while he was with the Cubs)? Did see him hit a monster HR at Wrigley, though.

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