Red Sox should alter Mookie Betts deal due to Alex Verdugo’s alleged past


The resurfacing of reports that the centerpiece in the return for Mookie Betts was involved in a sexual assault are bad optics for the Red Sox.

If the optics of being investigated by Major League Baseball for alleged involvement in a massive cheating scandal wasn’t bad enough, the Boston Red Sox managed to amazingly look even worse with their trade of Mookie Betts and David Price. They sent the duo to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Alex Verdugo and Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol as part of a three-team deal.

The issue isn’t the fact that the return wasn’t significant enough or the fact that there are apparently major red flags surrounding Graterol’s medical records, which has reportedly stalled the deal.

Instead, the issue centers around reports that have resurfaced regarding Verdugo’s alleged involvement in a 2015 sexual assault, along with Los Angeles Dodgers minor league teammate James Baldwin.

The incident was detailed by Jessica Quiroli of High Heels on the Field and was corroborated by Paul Rubin of Sports Illustrated in February of last year. The story is extremely disturbing and has gone largely unreported by most of the…

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