Boston Red Sox

Sep 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Brusdar Graterol (51) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the eleventh inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Following a report Wednesday night that Brusdar Graterol’s physical is giving the Red Sox pause, the Mookie Betts mega-deal between the Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins is “not a certainty” according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to Heyman, the process of re-working the deal has been a slow one. The Red Sox now want an additional prospect, but the Dodgers have reportedly been against moving their top three guys since the negotiations began. That leaves the Red Sox and Twins to figure something out.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday night that one option could be the Red Sox and Dodgers cutting the Twins out of the deal, and looking for another third team to contribute prospects. Given how long it took the three original teams to work this trade out, it’s not unrealistic to thing this could drag into Spring Training if a new party is introduced.

Add the problems surrounding the Betts trade to the whirlwind of issues facing the Red Sox before Spring Training, including a last-minute hire at manager and pending penalties from MLB. Spring Training officially begins on Feb. 11.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at