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MLB trade grades: Red Sox get burned in Andrew Benintendi deal

The Purple Sox despatched away Andrew Benintendi, however didn’t get a lot again in return.

A 3-team commerce — and an advanced one at that — sent Benintendi to Kansas City, and prospects again to Boston. The Mets, an harmless bystander in all of this, upgraded their farm system immensely within the course of.

Boston has been itching to do away with the previous No. 1 prospect for months. Benintendi does nonetheless have some offensive potential remaining, and will show beneficial away from the brilliant lights of Fenway Park.

Nothing flawed with a second likelihood, proper?

Who received the Andrew Benintendi commerce, and why?

The Mets, Royals and Purple Sox all graded out fairly in another way on this deal.

Mets Grade: B+

Actually, what did the Mets should lose by getting concerned on this commerce?

Per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, solely three of the Mets prime 30 prospects are outfielders. New proprietor Steve Cohen has made it a degree to say that whereas he’s going to spend way over previous possession, he additionally needs to improve the farm system. It’s robust to do each, and the entrance workplace discovered a solution to make an incremental enchancment by including Khalil Lee, beforehand of the Kansas Metropolis Royals. In alternate, it’s probably the Mets must ship a PTBNL Boston’s method, which incorporates right-handed pitcher Josh Winckowski, who was within the top-30 of New York’s system.

Positive, the second prospect in mentioned deal might be higher than Winckowski, however Lee comes at a place of want AND instantly jumps into the Mets top-10 for New York. It is a clear win.

Royals Grade: C+

Very, very quietly, the Royals are rushing up their aggressive window. Kansas Metropolis has made some low-key good signings this offseason, together with Carlos Santana.

For the sake of this text, we’ll deal with the acquisition of Benintendi. Benintendi has been a .273/.353/.435 hitter in his 5 seasons in Boston. These aren’t unhealthy numbers, however his shortened 2020 season was abysmal, hitting simply 4-for-39 with 17 strikeouts. His protection has additionally worsened over the course of the final couple years, that means at this level the Royals are taking a flier on a participant that Boston clearly didn’t suppose a lot of at this juncture.

But, Benintendi is simply 26 years outdated. To recommend his finest days are behind him is moderately pessimistic. With him in tow, the Royals lineup appears to be like moderately aggressive.

Assistance is on the best way within the type of the Royals farm system, and regardless of dealing away Lee, they nonetheless have two outfielders of their top-7, who had been blocking Lee from ever making a serious league influence. Franchy Cordero, after all, can be changed by Benintendi after which some.

For the Royals, this was a case of ‘why not?’ Benintendi remains to be younger sufficient to make a distinction and beneath contract by 2022. It’s the type of win-now transfer that might truly repay in the long term, and worst-case situation, there are many outfield replacements ready within the minors.

Boston Purple Sox: D

Look, is that this truthful? No, not likely. The Sox are receiving a minimum of three gamers to be named at a later date, so judging this commerce is TBD for Boston. At this second, it doesn’t look fairly. Chaim Bloom dealt a fan favourite and changed him with a lesser participant for what appears to be like to be a wage dump and comparatively underwhelming minor-league expertise. Except Boston is aware of one thing we don’t about Cordero, or Winckowski, Bloom has some inquiries to reply. Heck, the Purple Sox willingly added $8 million to the payroll in Adam Ottavino, solely to ship away Benintendi for what appears to be like to be (a minimum of considerably) monetary motivations.

The Red Sox knew rebuilding from the bottom up would damage followers’ morale. What they didn’t inform Boston was that they’d be changing your complete outfield — Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Benintendi — over the course of two seasons with comparatively unknown minor-league expertise. The Betts return was unhealthy sufficient, regardless of the progress of Alex Verdugo and Jeter Downs. It’s robust to see the Sox changing that type of expertise ever, not to mention within the subsequent few seasons.

Purple Sox supporters are among the many finest in sports activities, and it’s straightforward to speak themselves into this commerce. However what number of extra proficient younger gamers should be despatched elsewhere to understand that this is a bit more than your common rebuild?

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