MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have landed their man. Finally.
Finishing a deal that they agreed to on Tuesday, the Twins have agreed to send Brusdar Graterol to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Maeda, a veteran starter the Twins plan to slot into their rotation.
Details are still trickling out, but a source confirmed the Twins will get Maeda plus $10 million from the Dodgers for Graterol and a 2020 compensation draft pick.
The agreement was first reported by the Athletics’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Jeff Passan late Sunday afternoon. The deal is pending physicals. According to their reports, the Twins’ compensation pick is 67th overall, and the Dodgers are sending them an additional “low-level” prospect.
It’s still a three-team trade. Boston will send center fielder and 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts and all-star left-hander David Price to Los Angeles, and the Red Sox will get outfielder Alex Verdugo plus prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong, according to Passan.
On Tuesday, the Twins agreed to trade Graterol for Maeda, but with Boston. The Red Sox later balked, and the Twins began negotiating the deal straight-up with Los Angeles.
Graterol, 21, is widely considered the Twins’ best pitching prospect. While making his major league debut last September, he set the franchise velocity record by reaching 101.9 mph on the radar gun in a game against the Cleveland Indians and was expected to play a large role in the Twins’ bullpen this season.
The Twins were willing to let him go to solidify a rotation missing a few pieces. Their best starters in 2019 — Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda – are back. But there are two open spots at the back end. They signed Homer Bailey to take one of them, and hoped Rich Hill would take the other if and when he recovered from elbow surgery.
Pineda will miss 39 games as part of a 60-game suspension for testing positive for a banned diuretic.
After winning 101 games and the American League Central Division, the Twins were swept by the New York Yankees in the division series and are expecting more in 2020. They added slugging third baseman Josh Donaldson to an already potent lineup (the Twins set a major league record with 307 home runs last season) but had failed to make a big addition to the bullpen, adding Bailey from Oakland and Hill from the Dodgers.
Maeda, 31, isn’t a superstar, but he would certainly slip into a middle rotation spot. Signed through 2023 at a payroll friendly $3 million a year, he is 47-35 with a 3.87 earned-run average in 103 major-league starts.
Graterol had Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow at 16, and was placed on the injured list last season with a shoulder impingement that cost him more than two months at Class AA.
But Graterol also pitched for the Twins 11 times in September and October, including a scoreless inning in the playoffs, and routinely hit 100 mph on the radar gun.