dangolka (CBS) — The Pink Sox are anticipated to money in on a number of commerce chips forward of Monday’s commerce deadline, and a key a part of the 2018 World Collection champs might be heading out of city. Andrew Benintendi is “out there” in commerce talks, in line with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Benintendi’s inventory most likely isn’t at an all-time excessive for the time being, as he’s presently on the injured listing with a strained rib cage. Making issues worse, he obtained off to a horrible begin to the 2020 season, hitting simply .103 with simply 4 hits in 39 at-bats.
What would be interesting to a different group is Benintendi’s contract standing. He’s solely due $6.6 million subsequent season earlier than hitting arbitration in 2022, so he’s beneath group management for 2 extra seasons. Regardless of his horrid begin to 2020 and a down 2019 season (slashing .266/.343/.431), there may be nonetheless a whole lot of upside to the 26-year-old.
Rosenthal postulates that Cleveland might be eager about Benintendi, with the Indians seemingly seeking to deal beginning pitchers Mike Clevinger or Zach Plesac. Each are proficient younger arms however have fallen into sizzling water in Cleveland, violating COVID-19 protocols once they went out in Chicago throughout a highway journey and didn’t inform the group. If Cleveland is seeking to commerce both righty, the Pink Sox have an honest chip to assemble a suggestion round.
The MLB commerce deadline is Monday, Aug. 31 at four p.m.