Red Sox say bye bye to Benny

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Photo courtesy of NESN

So much for the Killer B's and the best defensive outfield in baseball.

With Mookie Betts already sent to the Dodgers in 2020, and free agent Jackie Bradley Jr. likely to sign elsewhere shortly, the Red Sox completed the overhaul by trading Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals in a three-team trade that also included the New York Mets.

The trade breaks down like this -
  • BOSTON GETS - outfielder Franchy Cordero and two players to be named later from the Royals and right handed pitcher Josh Winckowski and a player to be named later from the Mets.
  • KANSAS CITY GETS - Benintendi and cash from the Red Sox
  • NEW YORK GETS - outfielder Khalil Lee from the Royals
Benintendi was the seventh pick in the 2015 MLB draft and made his major league debut on August 2, 2016. His best year came in the 2018 World Championship season where he posted a line of .290/.366/.465 but he trended downward in the following two campaigns.

Cordero has seen limited playing time in his four MLB seasons, split between the Padres and Royals. Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told reporters Wednesday night that the Sox see "untapped upside" in the 26-year old.

Winckowski was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2016 and has yet to play above high A in the minor leagues for Toronto. He had been traded to the Mets as part of the Steven Matz deal on January 27, 2021.

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