Los Angeles Dodgers: breaking down the blockbuster Red Sox deal

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 18: David Price #24 and Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate with the American League Championship Series trophy in the clubhouse after clinching the American League Championship Series in game five against the Houston Astros on October 18, 2018 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 18: David Price #24 and Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate with the American League Championship Series trophy in the clubhouse after clinching the American League Championship Series in game five against the Houston Astros on October 18, 2018 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Kenta Maeda will now take his service to help the Minnesota Twins as a full-time starter
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Minnesota Twins

Sending Brusdar Graterol; receiving Kenta Maeda

The Minnesota Twins part in the Mookie Betts and David Price deal was small, but yet important in getting the deal done.  The Twins sent their top pitching prospect to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Brusdar Graterol and received Dodger starter Kenta Maeda in return.

The 31-year old Maeda has been a solid major league starter since 2016 going 47-35 with a 3.85 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP.  He also has been very good in the post-season both as a starter, but more out of the bullpen going 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in 32.2 innings of work over 24 games.

Maeda’s desire to be a full-time starter is what precipitated this deal as the Dodgers used him mostly out of the bullpen down the stretch of the season and in the playoffs as well. He does relatively cheap as he is under contract for only three million dollars per year until 2024 which the Twins like.

Giving up Graterol to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Maeda might seem like a bit much to some being that Graterol is so highly-regarded, but with the Twins making a lot of moves this off-season it seems like they are primed to make a playoff run and Maeda fits more in that plan than Graterol at least this season.

Graterol has only 9.2 innings of major league experience with a 4.56 ERA which is not enough of a sample size to determine if he will be able to effectively contribute in 2020.

The Twins already added Homer Bailey and Rich Hill to their rotation and now add Maeda to go along with Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, and Michael Pineda.  They also added Sergio Romo and Tyler Clippard to fortify their bullpen. The Twins’ biggest move was signing free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson to a four-year 92 million dollar contract.

This team could be asleep in the American League and don’t forget the Twins won 101 games in 2019 before being swept out the playoffs by the Yankees.  With the new additions including Maeda, the Twins could be a force to be reckoned with in the post-season.

This move could end up not looking so good if Graterol realizes his potential with the Red Sox and Maeda starts declining as he grows a little older in the next couple of seasons. But for now, it doesn’t look bad from where I’m sitting. Time will tell.