Outfielder Khalil Lee, the Royals’ No. 8 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is going to the Mets, and outfielder Franchy Cordero and two players to be named are heading from the Royals to the Red Sox. In addition, Boston is getting right-hander Josh Winckowski and a player to be named from New York.
Royals get: OF Andrew Benintendi and cash (from BOS)
Red Sox get: OF Franchy Cordero and two PTBN (from KC); RHP Josh Winckowski and PTBN (from NYM)
Mets get: OF Khalil Lee (from KC)
The 26-year-old Benintendi was selected in the first round (seventh overall) by the Red Sox in the 2015 Draft. He finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2017, when he hit .271/.352/.424 with 20 homers and 20 steals in 151 games. From 2018-19, he slashed .279/.355/.448, averaging 14 homers and 16 steals. He only appeared in 14 games last season due to a rib injury.
Cordero, also 26, made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2017. Due to injuries, he only appeared in 79 games for San Diego from 2017-19, posting a .737 OPS with 10 homers, though his home runs showed off his tremendous raw power. He was traded in July 2020 to the Royals, but only played in 16 games before having surgery to repair a broken right hamate bone, going 8-for-38 (.211) with two homers.
Lee, 22, was selected by the Royals in the third round of the 2016 Draft. He moved up quickly through the Kansas City organization, reaching Double-A by age 21 and hitting .264/.363/.372 with 53 steals for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2019. He can play center field, but according to MLB Pipeline’s scouting report, profiles better as a right fielder who could become an everyday player in the Majors if he can tap into his raw power at the plate.
Winckowski, whom the Mets recently acquired in the trade that sent Steven Matz to the Blue Jays, would go from the Mets to the Red Sox along with a player to be named. He had a strong 2019 campaign between Class A Lansing and Class A Advanced Dunedin in Toronto’s organization, finishing with a 2.69 ERA in 24 combined appearances (23 starts). The 22-year-old right-hander owns a career ERA of 3.35 over four Minor League seasons. He ranked 26th among Mets prospects following the trade from the Blue Jays.