Sources: Dodgers, Red Sox agree to Mookie Betts blockbuster

Given five days, and after the second-most notorious paper shredding of the week, the blockbuster baseball trade that was caught in a rundown somewhere between Logan Airport and LAX found resolution in the evening hours Sunday.

Pending the rending of any other medical reports.

The (current) final version, which follows the last final version by nearly 120 hours, will include these main pieces:

The Los Angeles Dodgers get: Outfielder Mookie Betts, left-hander David Price and cash. Reports indicate they will also acquire right-hander Brusdar Graterol.

The Boston Red Sox get: Outfielder Alex Verdugo. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports they will also acquire infield prospect Jeter Downs and catching prospect Connor Wong.

The Minnesota Twins get: Right-hander Kenta Maeda.

In turn:

The Los Angeles Angels get: Outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling.

And the Dodgers get: Infielder Luis Rengifo.

Again, to be clear, pending cold feet, buyer’s remorse, a paperwork snafu or, perhaps, the existence of a totally different player also named Brusdar Graterol.

Sunday’s iteration was similar but not identical to Tuesday’s, which fell apart when the Red Sox, already weathering a public relations storm for trading the revered Betts, became dismayed by the details of Graterol’s medicals. Some viewed the complication as a well-timed convenience for a team that seemed surprised to learn its best player was also its most popular player. Others, more graciously, viewed it as nothing more than bad scouting.

Regardless, a three-way trade being the most fragile of transactions, and with eight players packed but not sure where they were headed, if anywhere, and with at least one union chief and one super agent howling, the Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins returned to the table. The Angels held the door.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox takes the field before the start of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 28, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 13: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox waits in the on deck circle during the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 12: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox missing a catch, but keeps the ball from going over the fence, during the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on May 12, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Red Sox 9-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 5: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians on opening day at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 3: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox slaps hands with fans through the protective netting after scoring a run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning on June 3, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 01: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox reacts to hitting a double during Game 3 of ALDS against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on Monday, October 10, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 29: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox walks out of the clubhouse before a game against the Chicago Cubs on April 29, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30: Andrew Benintendi #16, Jackie Bradley Jr. #19, and Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a victory against the Chicago Cubs on April 30, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 16: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox bats in the seventh inning of game one of a doubelheader against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on July 16, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 17: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after hitting an RBI single during the seventh inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 17, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 7: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox is presented with the 2017 Gold Glove award before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 7, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 9: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox runs out onto the field before Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on Monday, October 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Boston Red Sox player Mookie Betts gestures during Red Sox spring training at the Player Development Complex at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, FL on Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 07: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox makes contact against the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning at Fenway Park, on April 7, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 2: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox is doused with Gatorade after hitting three home runs in a victory against the Kansas City Royals on May 2, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 02: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on May 2, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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Enough time passed between then and a second handshake to count most of the votes in Iowa (but not all), to acquit a President, to return Hunter Pence to San Francisco, to have A.J. Hinch almost come clean and still cast further doubt as to what Jose Altuve was doing with his lapel, and to add “You guys Codebreaking?” to the list of possible party greetings. Also, Apple ran out of face-palm emojis.

By the end, or what seems to probably be the end, perhaps, the broad strokes had the Dodgers with a significant upgrade in Betts, by most opinions the second-best player in the game, and a possible upgrade in Price, who, at 34, has become a moving target as far as performance goes. In order to mitigate the innings, or lack thereof, ahead, the Red Sox agreed to cover slightly more than half of the remaining $96 million due him over the next three seasons.

Also, they had the Red Sox adding Verdugo, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter who is a skilled right fielder, as well as trimming Red Sox payroll by enough for them to army crawl beneath the competitive balance tax threshold, a significant enough outcome for them to wear the local outrage for trading Betts.

With the acquisition of Maeda, the Twins further cemented their spring status as AL Central favorites. And the Angels, well, they somehow have turned Mike Trout into a guy who usually finishes in fourth place in the AL West, so let’s just let them play another one out.

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