Twins acquire pitcher Kenta Maeda as part of three-team trade

The three-team deal, which also includes the Minnesota Twins, is pending the review of medical records.

The details of the trade have not been announced.

The move clears $59 million in 2020 salaries for Boston, with Price due $32 million and Betts $27 million, though the Red Sox are expected to send money to the Dodgers in the deal. With Betts officially gone, the Red Sox are now down to +3000.

Both the Astros and Red Sox fired their managers in the wake of the controversy, and Boston still has not named a manager, with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training on February 11.

Obviously, the biggest piece involved is Betts as the Dodgers are acquiring a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glover, three-time Silver Slugger and 2018 American League MVP.

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Another aspect of these trades is that the Dodgers also to appear to still be below the luxury tax threshold, so they should be in a good position to sign Betts to a long-term deal when he presumably reaches free agency after the 2020 season. The 2012 Cy Young victor had a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts last season.

In a separate trade, the Dodgers have agreed to send outfielder Joc Pederson - deemed surplus with Betts aboard - to the neighboring Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo.

He is excellent against left-handed pitching and is under team control through the 2024 season.

Overall in his Red Sox career, Price went 46-24 with a 3.84 ERA in four seasons.

The Dodgers already looked like one of the favorites to win the World Series this season, but those odds just got even better with the arrival of Betts.

  • Lawrence Cooper