Boston Red Sox Send Andrew Benintendi To Kansas City Royals In 3-team Deal (


, Kansas City Royals and New York Mets have completed a three-way trade that sends outfielder Andrew Benintendi from Fenway to K.C., the teams announced Wednesday night.

Royals outfield prospect Khalil Lee goes to the Mets, while Royals outfielder Franchy Cordero goes to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox also get right-handed prospect Josh Winckowski and a player to be named later from the Mets, plus two players to be named later from the Royals.

The Royals also receive cash considerations from the Red Sox.

Benintendi, once a part of the Red Sox’s vaunted outfield core, missed most of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, landing on the injured list Aug. 12 because of a strained right rib cage, with Boston later ruling him out for the year.

He had just a .103 average with no home runs and one RBI in 52 plate appearances in 14 games.

Benintendi is a career .273 hitter and finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2017. He led all Red Sox players with 15 runs scored during their 2018 postseason run that ended with a World Series championship.

He has one year remaining on a two-year, $10 million deal reached in February 2020 before he becomes eligible for arbitration in 2022 and a free agent in 2023.

Lee was drafted by the Royals in the third round in 2016 and was named a Baseball America Rookie All-Star for his play that year in rookie ball. He reached Double-A in 2018 and 2019, and played in the Puerto Rican Winter League the past two years. He has a .256 average in the minor leagues with 37 home runs and 192 RBIs in 1,719 plate appearances.

Cordero was limited to 16 games in 2020 because of injuries, hitting .211 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 38 plate appearances after being acquired from the San Diego Padres. He is a career .236 hitter with power and can play all three outfield positions.

Winckowski was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round in 2016. He was the Northwest League Pitcher of the Year and a postseason All-Star while with Class A Vancouver in 2018. He reached Advanced A ball in 2019 and has a 3.35 ERA and 1.297 WHIP in the minors.

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