The Andrew Benintendi trade talks are very real. Whether they go anywhere remans to be seen.
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have indeed been in discussions with teams regarding the outfielder, with teams seemingly focused more on the ups and downs of Benintendi in 2019 rather than the 14-game sample size that 2020 delivered.
Update: Per a source, Red Sox are looking for an outfielder and/or young pitching in return for Benintendi.
MLB Network Radio's Jim Bowden, who originally surfaced the news that teams were engaging in conversations with the Red Sox regarding Benintendi, has identified one of the interested parties.
Benintendi is under team control for two more seasons, with the 26 year old making $6.6 million in 2021 before hitting his final offseason of arbitration-eligibility heading into the 2022 campaign.
Benintendi's 2020 season was cut short due to a rib injury, which was suffered after the worst stretch of a five-year career. The lefty hitter managed just four hits in 39 at-bats, striking out 17 times.
While his 2019 season didn't live up to what he had displayed the previous two years, interested teams are encouraged by a three-month stretch from June through August in which he hit .302 with an .848 OPS.
The Red Sox' outfield is currently comprised of Alex Verdugo, Hunter Renfroe and Benintendi, with J.D. Martinez and Michael Chavis offering part-time options.