A potential suitor emerged for Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi on Monday, but it isn’t a certainty that Boston will trade him before Opening Day.
According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden, the Marlins have been one of the teams engaged in talks with the Red Sox about Benintendi this winter. Though no deal seems imminent, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reported that Boston has “indeed been open” to discussing a trade involving Benintendi this winter. Citing a major-league source, Speier wrote Sunday that the Red Sox view the “conversations about Benintendi as ‘due diligence’ and ‘nothing out of the ordinary,’ at a time when teams often gauge the value of virtually all of their players.”
News of Benintendi’s availability first surfaced Friday afternoon when Bowden reported that the Red Sox had engaged in “serious talks” with multiple clubs about a trade.