But after Betts and left-hander David Price went to Hollywood as part of a three-team deal with the Minnesota Twins, the path to the playoffs is clear: all roads go through the Bronx. The deal, which is pending medicals, involves the Twins as a third team and may trigger a separate trade between the Dodgers and Angels, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
Betts, a 27-year-old right fielder, was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2018, when he helped lead the Red Sox to the World Series championship.
Other reports indicated the Red Sox would be acquiring outfielder Alex Verdugo. By dumping payroll, the Red Sox also put themselves in position to be a player in free agency following the 2020 season.
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Betts is a four-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor. Price, a 34-year-old left-hander who is a former Cy Young Award victor, still has three years and $96 million left on the seven-year, $217 million deal he signed in December 2015. The pitcher joined the Red Sox in 2015 from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Graterol, a hard-throwing, 21-year-old right-hander, pitched 9⅔ innings last season in the majors, going 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA.
Maeda, 31, finished 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA in 37 games (26 starts) past year in his fourth season with the Dodgers. The 2017 Astros, who beat the Dodgers in seven games, cheated during that season by stealing signs and warning hitters what pitches were coming by banging on trash cans, according to a report from Major League Baseball. If they're not going to be here this year, they'll be back.