For all of their moves this winter, the Boston Red Sox still needed speed and additional depth at shortstop. They got both in one fell swoop on Tuesday, acquiring Adalberto Mondesi from the Kansas City Royals.
In return, all Boston had to give up was a relief pitcher who didn't pitch a single inning last year.
Red Sox-Royals Trade
Following the offseason departure of Xander Bogaerts and devastating injury news with Trevor Story, the Red Sox suddenly found themselves in need of both a shortstop and a second baseman. Signing outfielder Adam Duvall allows them to move Kike Hernandez from center field to shortstop, while trading for Mondesi gives them someone who can handle both shortstop and the keystone.
Mondesi also helps fulfill manager Alex Cora's wish for a faster, more athletic roster in 2023. As someone who's previously led MLB in both triples and steals, the 27-year-old speedster certainly qualifies.
Boston will also receive a player to be named later for its troubles. The Red Sox parted ways with left-handed reliever Josh Taylor, who missed the entire 2022 campaign with a back injury and was expendable after Boston's recent bullpen upgrades.
Two years ago, the Red Sox made a terrible trade with the Royals by sending future All-Star and Gold Glover Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City as part of a three-team trade for minimal returns. The Royals clearly got the best of that deal, but this time around it seems that Boston is the victor.