Hoo boy. As I’m sitting here waiting on the price for Andrew Benintendi, I want to mention a couple of thoughts:
- A personal comp I have for Kyle Isbel is a lighter hitting Benintendi who can actually play a good CF. So, if Benintendi is here to stay for the next couple years…we could have a sweet outfield in the next few seasons.
- I wonder what the deadened ball and a new ballpark do for Benintendi. He’s already not a power hitter so you have to assume he goes from a ~15 HR and ~40 doubles guy to a ~10 HR and ~45 doubles guy.
Alright so what we’ve gathered is Khalil Lee to the Mets, Franchy Cordero and a PTBNL to Boston, Andrew Benintendi and $$$ to the Royals. Alrighty then.
I love this. As I mentioned before, we were coming off of Lee a little bit heading into 2021. His hit tool just hasn’t developed and it was going to be crucial for Lee to refine his approach as he got closer to Kansas City. You can understand then why the Royals might be comfortable moving on for more of a sure thing in Benintendi.
In Cordero, you have a ton of potential in a guy that can’t stay on the field. I get why Royals fans would want him to stick around for a while, but Benintendi was a legitimately good player for Boston before the weird 2020 season. If Benintendi can live somewhere between his 103 and 123 wRC+ he posted in 2018 and 2019, the Royals will be just fine in this trade.