Andrew Benintendi can hit for average with the ability to showcase some power, won a Gold Glove last year, and comes complete with postseason experience and a World Series ring.
The interest in him on the trade market apparently has been commensurate with all he can offer.
The rebuilding Kansas City Royals will be sellers again when the MLB trade deadline rolls around on August 2nd. Benintendi long has been thought of as a trade candidate since he’ll be a free agent this offseason and very well could leave the Royals, who acquired him from the Boston Red Sox ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Appearing on the “Baseball Tonight” podcast, ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan indicated that Benintendi is drawing a ton of interest leading up to the deadline.
“Andrew Benintendi is that very unique deadline player. Everyone wants him,” Passan said. “The low payroll teams want him, the high payroll teams want him. Big markets want him, small markets want him. When Andrew Benintendi goes, I think Kansas City better get an absolute haul for him because the interest is, frankly, just off the charts from everyone.
"When I say big market and small market, yeah, everyone likes Andrew Benintendi. The questions about him at this point are more is he trying not to hit for power and is he prioritizing and emphasizing average, and the answer is yes. Playing in Kauffman Stadium is a different beast than other ballparks. I think what you could see if Benintendi goes somewhere else is a return of the biceps and a little more pop depending on the stadium he’s playing in.”
It would be silly for the Royals to keep Benintendi, even if there was much less interest. That they could flip him for a solid return is potentially good asset management.
Entering Thursday, Benintendi was hitting .316 with three homers and a .791 OPS.