Hey, here’s a little something for your Wednesday evening, as a treat.
A three-team trade to enjoy from a distance, as it does not involve the Cubs:
Sources: Mets, Red Sox and Royals in serious talks about a three-team trade. Andrew Benintendi to KC.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) February 11, 2021
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 11, 2021
The Red Sox have had Benintendi on the block all winter after his terrible 2020 season, and perhaps dealing him will open the door for them to re-sign Jackie Bradley, Jr. For the Royals, it’s probably a buy-low addition to see what hay they can make in the AL Central this year after a couple other modest additions early in the offseason. God bless ’em, they’re trying.
As for the Mets, you could maybe figure they are sliding in there to acquire an arm from the Royals maybe?
UPDATE: Actually, the Mets are just sliding in to get themselves a quality outfield prospect (and I wonder if they are smartly using money to do it):
Outfield prospect Khalil Lee is expected to go to the New York Mets in the three-way deal with Boston and KC that would send Andrew Benintendi to the Royals. Outfielder Franchy Cordero would go to the Red Sox once the deal is finalized, sources tell ESPN. Others are involved.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 11, 2021
The Red Sox would be replacing two years of Benintendi with three years of (a less-established) Cordero.
UPDATE 2: A little more for the Red Sox:
He was just sent from TOR to NYM in the Steven Matz deal. 22-year-old ranks as No. 26 prospect in Mets' system, per @MLBPipeline. Tall righty, projects as back-end starter or long reliever. https://t.co/3PHgtek0p4
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 11, 2021