Red Sox trade Andrew Benintendi to Royals in 3-team deal with Mets

Jack Baer
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Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi walks back to the dug out after grounding into a double play during the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Andrew Benintendi has had a rough couple years. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Andrew Benintendi was once a key part of the future of the Boston Red Sox. Now, he's on the way out.

The Red Sox outfielder was traded to the Kansas City Royals as part of a three-team trade on Wednesday. In return, the Red Sox recieved outfielder Franchy Cordero and pitching prospect Josh Winckowski from the New York Mets, plus three players to be named later from the Mets and Royals.

The Mets received outfield prospect Khalil Lee from the Royals.

MLB Pipeline currently ranks Lee eighth among Royals prospects, while Winckowski ranks 26th in the Mets' system.

Red Sox move on from Andrew Benintendi

The deal ends a six-year tenure in the Red Sox organization for Benintendi, and it was once hoped he would be around for a lot longer than that.

After a college career at Arkansas that saw him win the Golden Spikes Award, Benintendi was ranked the top overall prospect in baseball by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline entering the 2017 season. The former seventh overall pick appeared to be living up to the hype after finishing second in the Rookie of the Year race that season.

His best season came during Boston's World Series run in 2018, when he hit .290/.366/.465 with 16 homers, 21 steals and 87 RBIs. In his age-23 season, he was the first or second hitter in 140 games for the best offense in baseball.

What happened next, well, Boston never really figured that out. Benintendi's numbers were down across the board in 2019, and his 2020 season was a disaster, going 4-for-39 at the plate before being shut down due to a rib injury.

Benintendi is now 26 years old and two years removed from his last good season, but there have been worse candidates for a bounceback season. There should be plenty of opportunity for playing time in the Kansas City outfield.

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