It was news not too long ago the Marlins were looking for a left Handed hitting outfielder, and now the Marlins are reportedly interested in the young outfielder Andrew Benintendi. There were rumors about the possible trade on Saturday, but today they have heated up even more.
Benintendi debuted in 2016, and played 34 games. He also had some clutch hit’s in the postseason that year. Benintendi enjoyed a strong 2018 year, where he hit a strong .290/.366/.465 (Advanced: .357 wOBA, 122 wRC+). Benintendi had a mediocre 2019. But in 2020 Benintendi hit .103, where he only played 14 games. Benintendi is 26, and he has a very high trade trade value.
Andrew has declined defensively too, posting a 22 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) from 2016-2018, and a -2 DRS from 2019-2020. Benintendi’s Sprint Speed has also decreased from year to year, as measured by Baseball Savant.
It would be smart for the Red Sox to get prospects for a guy like Benintendi, and than sign somebody that produces more than him. A perfect acquisition would be Kevin Pillar. If the Red Sox were to trade Benintendi for pitching prospects, and sign a guy like Kevin Pillar, or maybe even Marcell Ozuna, it would be a win-win situation. You’re getting prospects, and getting a guy that produces more than Benintendi.
The Red Sox signed Hunter Renfroe to a one year deal worth $3.1M, not too long ago on December 14th. Bloom said right after the signing that another Outfielder could be in the mix.
A declining Andrew Benintendi may be really smart for the Red Sox to trade. Especially considering the value he has on the trade market. If the Red Sox don’t trade him, and has another poor year, the Red Sox would have missed out on a huge oppurtunity to get some prospects.