The Andrew Benintendi Trade Is A Disaster For Boston
I’m ready to say it; I don’t understand Chaim Bloom. Just when I think I start to understand Bloom, a trade that makes no sense happens. Even when Bloom signed someone like Garrett Richards, you could see the method to the madness. Trading Andrew Benintendi? Yup don’t get it. Not even a little.
Andrew Benintendi was traded to Kansas City in a three way deal with the Mets. New York got a shiny outfield prospect from Kansas City. The Red Sox got Josh Winckowski (who was just traded in the Steven Matz deal) and Franchy Cordero? WHY? WHY. W.H.Y.!
Look, I get it. Benintendi’s stock is low. The former first round pick out of Arkansas hit just .103 in 39 at-bats in an injury plagued 2020 season. The 2019 season wasn’t the greatest year either but there was also a good reason for his struggles. At the end of the day, we’re still talking about a former top 10 pick at the age of 26 that proved he can ball out on the highest stage.
Benintendi was second place in the AL rookie of the year voting in 2017. In 2018, Benny hit .290 and was an important piece to the Red Sox championship team. Point being, why is this someone you are willing to just give up on for a bag of peanuts?
Peanuts is the correct term. Winckowski is a no name prospect. Boston literally got three players to be named later in this deal. Most of the time, those players turn into non-contributors. The thing that bothers me more than anything is that Cordero is supposed to be the headliner. I’m not sure he’s more than a AAA player. Not only that, BOSTON ATE PART OF BENNY’S CONTRACT just to get rid of him. It’s an asinine move.
What has Cordero done that gives you confidence he can even play? Sure, we haven’t seen a ton of Cordero at the Major League level. However, he’s seen action in four different seasons. Cordero is a career .236 hitter and never looks like he belongs.
What’s the play here? Cordero is a lefty? AND? The Red Sox can say whatever they want. The fact of the matter is, this was an egregious overpay. Furthermore, what’s the plan here?
These are the names the Red Sox added this offseason: Garrett Richards, Hunter Renfrow, Franchy Cordero, Kike Hernandez, Marwin Gonzalez, and Adam Otttavino. What’s the plan here? Show me how adding around the margins gets this team back to the playoffs? DON’T GET IT.
Chaim Bloom has a lot of explaining to do. Even more so when the inevitable happens. You mean a bunch of below average baseball players won’t all have career years? You mean I shouldn’t count on that. You can show me all the numbers in the world, I refuse to believe there’s a plan in place here.