Conflicting reports surround fate of Graterol trade

The reports range from a Saturday deadline to pulling out of the deal completely.

The Minnesota Twins' trade to acquire Kenta Maeda may be in danger as conflicting reports have the Twins establishing a Saturday deadline to find a resolution and even pulling out of the deal completely. The hangup has been caused throughout the week as the Red Sox want more in return in addition pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol, who was a part of a three-team megadeal that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Thursday that the Red Sox were scared off by Graterol's medical issues, which limited him to 70 2/3 innings in 2019 and ESPN's Jeff Passan confirmed the report saying the Red Sox saw him as more of a reliever than a starter at this point of his career.

The three teams have been negotiating over the past couple days to keep the deal alive and MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported that the Red Sox wanted another top 10 prospect in addition to Graterol, which the Twins declined and offered a counteroffer involving a top-20 prospect.

The noise intensified on Saturday afternoon as USA Today's Bob Nightengale and the Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal reported the Twins had backed out, but Heyman believes that the Twins only established Saturday as a deadline to get the deal finalized.

As chaos ensued, Rosenthal took to Twitter to lay down what exactly is happening with the Twins and Red Sox and said that there is serious motivation for the Red Sox and Dodgers to get the deal done.

Graterol skyrocketed through the Twins system last year, 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A and made his major league debut last September, throwing 9 2/3 innings for the Twins amidst their playoff run. But part of that effort was wiped out due to a shoulder impingement which added to a lengthy injury history that included Tommy John surgery back in 2016, which is why Rosenthal believes this shouldn't have been a surprise.

A decision to back out of the trade would return the Twins to the drawing board as their rotation has several question marks heading into the 2020 season. While the Twins have five guys slated to be on the mound, Rich Hill and Michael Pineda won't be ready for the start of the year and the trio of Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, and Homer Bailey will need to be joined by one more arm to get through the opening weeks.

The Twins could return to the trade market in the coming weeks, but as usual, this will be a time to stay tuned and see if they can pull off an eleventh-hour deal or if they have something else up their sleeve.

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