Andrew Benintendi is being traded to the Kansas City Royals in Chaim Bloom’s latest offseason move of the winter. There is now no player remaining from the 2018 Red Sox starting outfield. Mookie Betts was traded to the Dodgers; Jackie Bradley Jr. is a free agent; Benintendi is off to the Royals.
The Red Sox are trading Benintendi at his lowest value, as he had his worst season yet. He hit zero home runs and recorded just four hits in a season where he played fourteen games due to injury.
The Royals will be hoping they are getting the Andrew Benintendi that nearly hit .300 and had a career-high on-base percentage of .366. His great 2018 season came a year after he places second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2017.
It isn’t clear what the return for Boston will be, but Robert Murray is reporting that it is a three-team trade that involves the Mets in addition to the Red Sox and Royals.