The Boston Red Sox and Chaim Bloom buy another asset.
The problem is, the Red Sox doesn’t have too many tradable assets that they would rather trade. JD Martinez isn’t making a big return, while those like Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts are practically off-limits. Adding talent isn’t that much easier given that Boston’s potential base is among the worst in the major leagues.
This is where Bloom comes in. The former Rays manager knows how to get creative, especially when it comes to low-cost initiatives. The Henry family is trying to save money on every corner – like most baseball-related groups of owners – as the shortened, stubby MLB season hurts their wallets.
So who is one gamer they can afford to part with what is semi-appealing to opposing fan bases? Why not Andrew Benintendi?
Benintendi’s numbers don’t suggest he’s getting the return Bloom could hope for
According to Jim Bowden, “According to multiple sources, the #RedSox have had serious trading talks with multiple teams regarding: OF Andrew Benintendi looking for a return on potential clients, with an emphasis on P & OF. Nothing is coming, however.”
The former No. 1 prospect hasn’t promised much since the 2018 season when he hit .290 with 16 home runs and 87 RBIs. He’s taken a big step back in the last two seasons, beating just .103 in 14 games in 2020.
Since Benintendi is usually used as the left starting player, the Red Sox would have to find a replacement if they employ him elsewhere. Given their need for potential clients, the Red Sox is unlikely to receive much MLB-ready talent in return for Benintendi.
Boston remains in the middle of some kind of conversion. Though some World Series team All-Stars are no longer in the roster, trading Benintendi would be another admission that the Red Sox are aiming to get younger and faster.