At shortstop, for the Boston Red Sox … Jeter?

Well, this is awkward

February 11th, 2020

After hitting a few snags, the Mookie Betts blockbuster trade became official Monday night. Instead of it being one three-team trade between the Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins, as originally reported last week, it ended up as two separate deals, one between the Red Sox and Dodgers, and another between the Dodgers and Twins. The two swaps break down as follows:

Red Sox get: OF Alex Verdugo, SS Jeter Downs, C Connor Wong
Dodgers get: OF Mookie Betts, LHP David Price, cash

Dodgers get: RHP Brusdar Graterol, OF Luke Raley, 67th pick in 2020 Draft
Twins get: RHP Kenta Maeda, C Jair Camargo, cash


Red Sox get: OF Alex Verdugo, SS Jeter Downs, C Connor Wong


Red Sox get: SS Jeter

A shortstop? Named Jeter? In Boston?

Yes, although Jimmy from Duxbury is probably cursing into the sky and smashing his head through a wall at the news, it's all true. And yes, Jimmy, Downs is named after the former Yankees great who tortured the Red Sox for decades.

But wait, hold on, Jimmy.

Jeter Downs is also actually really good and he's now on your team. The 21-year-old is currently No. 44 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospect list and was No. 5 on the Dodgers' rankings last year. He hit 24 homers with 24 steals and a .888 OPS between two Minor League levels last season. He hit five homers in just 12 Double-A games -- including a monstrous three in the Texas League Championship.

He was drafted as a shortstop, but he might also end up playing second base or the outfield. So, you could potentially have this guy AND Xander Bogaerts on the field at one time.

Who knows? Jeter Downs could make Red Sox fans forget all about Derek Jeter ...