Alex Verdugo Back Issue Makes Red Sox Look Even Worse for Holding up Mookie Betts Trade Over Brusdar Graterol

Boston Red Sox OF Alex Verdugo is dealing with a back injury.
Boston Red Sox OF Alex Verdugo is dealing with a back injury. | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox have officially turned the page on the Mookie Betts era after a messy trade process finally netted them a package headlined by former Los Angeles Dodgers' Alex Verdugo and Jeter Downs.

Verdugo was the main piece in the deal, but unfortunately for fans in Beantown, a bad back could keep him shelved for the season opener. The Red Sox maintain that he will start the season in right field, but Kevin Pillar is available just in case.

Keep in mind that the Red Sox delayed the Betts trade for almost a week and ending up with a totally new deal because they didn't like the medical reports on former Minnesota Twins prospect Brusdar Graterol, who went to the Dodgers in the revised deal.

Even with all of that maneuvering, the main piece in the deal still ended up coming to Boston in less than mint condition. Simply brutal.

The Red Sox were apparently "spooked" over Graterol's medicals, which is what the front office wants you to believe to distract you from the fact they used that as a chance to retroactively get a better offer from the Dodgers. Unfortunately, even a revised deal couldn't result in the Red Sox escaping the injury bug.