The Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and New York Mets have agreed to a three-way trade that will send Fenway outfielder Andrew Benintendi to KC, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Wednesday night.
Royals outfield prospect Khalil Lee will go to the Mets, while Royals outfielder Franchy Cordero will go to the Red Sox, with other players involved as well, sources told ESPN.
Benintendi, once a part of the Red Sox’s acclaimed outfield core, missed most of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, landing on the disabled list Aug. 12 due to an in-box strain. right thoracic, and Boston later ruled it out for the year.
He hit just .103 with no home runs and one RBI in 52 plate appearances in 14 games.
Benintendi is a career .273 hitter and finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2017. He led all Red Sox players with 15 runs scored during his 2018 postseason run that ended with a World Series championship.
He has one year left in a two-year, $ 10 million deal reached in February 2020 before being eligible for arbitration in 2022 and free agent in 2023.