Andrew Benintendi Trade Rumors: Phillies, Red Sox Deal 'Highly Unlikely'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2021

Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi walks back to the dug out after grounding into a double play during the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Philadelphia Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is familiar with Andrew Benintendi from his time as the Boston Red Sox general manager, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported a reunion in the National League East is "highly unlikely."

Rosenthal pointed out the Phillies have "more pressing" needs at catcher, shortstop and pitcher that the outfielder couldn't fill even as a valuable piece.

This comes after Mark Feinsand of reported Tuesday that a rival executive said he would be "shocked" if the Red Sox did not trade Benintendi this offseason.

There is plenty to like about the 26-year-old outfielder who looked like a star in the making when he posted 20 home runs, 90 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 2017 and slashed .290/.366/.465 with 16 home runs, 87 RBI and 21 steals in 2018.

However, his value is also arguably at its lowest coming off a 2020 campaign that saw him play just 14 games with a .103/.314/.128 slash line. Rosenthal also said Benintendi's "$6.6 million salary for 2021 should temper any expectations of a strong return in a trade."

As for the Phillies, they already have proven corner outfielders in Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen.

While center field could be an option, Benintendi was also responsible for minus-eight defensive runs saved at the position in 432 innings there during the 2017 and 2018 campaigns, per FanGraphs.

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