According to multiple reports, the Royals are involved in a three-team deal with the Red Sox and Mets that will bring outfielder Andrew Benintendi from Boston to Kansas City.
As part of the deal, RADIO.COM Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are sending RHP Josh Winckowski to Boston, and getting outfielder Khalil Lee from Kansas City.
Further, Chad Jennings of The Athletic reports that Boston will be receiving more than two players in the deal – they are getting OF Franchy Cordero from KC, as well as Winckowski as of now – and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are also giving up a player to be named later.
Lee, 22, was the Royals’ third-round pick in 2016, and was ranked as their No. 8 prospect by MLB.com. The lefty/lefty outfielder spent 2019 at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, slashing .264/.363/.372 with eight home runs, 51 RBI, and 53 stolen bases in 129 games.
Winckowski, 22, was one of three players the Mets acquired from Toronto for LHP Steven Matz last month, and became the No. 26 prospect in the organization according to MLB.com. The righty was a 16th-round pick in 2016 and spent 2019 in A-ball, going 10-8 with a 2.69 ERA in 127 1/3 innings between Low-A Lansing and High-A Dunedin.
Lee was on Kansas City’s 40-man roster, so his arrival will require a move to accommodate him.
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