Red Sox start offseason early, designate Franchy Cordero for assignment

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The Red Sox had big plans for Franchy Cordero. Now he is on the verge of being just a memory.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that Cordero has been designated for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Phillips Valdez. Valdez was reinstated from the COVID-19 Related Injured List.

Cordero was considered the centerpiece of the Red Sox three-team trade involving Andrew Benintendi, who hit .276 with a .766 OPS and 17 home runs in 134 games for the Royals this season.

The power-hitting left-handed-hitting outfielder began the season as part o the Red Sox' rotation, playing in 20 games for the Red Sox throughout April, hitting just .176 with a .452 OPS while striking out in 26 of his 55 plate appearances.

Cordero would thrive in Triple-A Worcester (.931 OPS), but never could find a similar groove with the big-league club, even getting eight starts at first base.

When it was all said and done, the 27-year-old played in 46 games, making 37 starts. He hit .187 with just one homer with the Red Sox.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, another piece of the Benintendi deal may be making an impact in the majors in the not-too-distant future. Pitcher Josh Winckowski finished his first season in the Sox organization making 23 appearances (22 starts), all but two coming with Double-A Portland.

After turning in an 8-3 record with a 4.14 ERA with the Sea Dogs, Winckowski was promoted to Triple-A Worcester where he allowed three earned runs in 12 innings over two starts.

The Red Sox also still have minor-leaguers Grant Gambrell, Freddy Valdez and Luis De La Rosa in the lower levels of their system thanks to the Benintendi deal.