A major league source confirmed to the Boston Globe that it is "very likely" that the Twins are backing out of the deal.
One deal between the Dodgers and Red Sox would send Verdugo and prospects to Boston and Betts and Price to L.A., and another swap between the Dodgers and Twins would see Maeda go to Minnesota and Graterol possibly be part of a trade package going to Los Angeles. The Red Sox would get outfielder Alex Verdugo from the Dodgers and hard-throwing 21-year-old prospect Brusdar Graterol from the Twins, while Minnesota would receive Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda. The Sox became concerned, when reviewing Graterol's medical file, that there was more risk than anticipated that he wouldn't be able to start. The Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement on Friday calling for a resolution to the situation, saying "the events of this last week have unfairly put several players' lives in a state of limbo". "The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often players are treated as commodities by those running the game".
If Minnesota is out, a version of the trade may still materialize, either with another team or with the Dodgers and Red Sox figuring something out themselves.
The possible dissolution of the Twins' part of the deal reportedly stems from the Red Sox and their concerns about Graterol. Are Betts and Price supposed to report to Florida like nothing is going on? It's worth noting that the Dodgers have a deep inventory of pitching prospects, and earlier in the talks (before Tuesday's trade agreement), had expressed a willingness to discuss virtually anyone in their system aside from middle infielder Gavin Lux and righthander Dustin May.
The Red Sox, unhappy with medical reports on Graterol that revealed his shoulder might be more suited for a role as a reliever rather than a starter, reportedly asked the Twins for another top-10 prospect.