Across baseball, Tuesday seemed to represent a shift in momentum building toward a trade including Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, multiple sources told BostonSportsJournal.com.
The Red Sox have been entertaining offers on Benintendi for the last few days, and Monday, the Miami Marlins briefly emerged as a potential landing spot.
But one source familiar with the Marlins' thinking dismissed that option out of hand Tuesday, pointing out that even Benintendi's modest salary for 2021 ($6.6 million) and arbitration-eligibility for 2022 would be too steep for the budget-conscious Marlins. Additionally, the Marlins, building toward contention, would be reluctant to interrupt their progress by giving up the prospects or young major league-ready players the Red Sox are seeking in return for Benintendi.
That doesn't, however, mean the Sox don't have plenty of other clubs interested.
According to sources, the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Oakland A's have all had talks involving Benintendi. A second source suggested the St. Louis Cardinals had also expressed an interest and noted the Pittsburgh Pirates could be another under-the-radar possibility, given that Pirates GM Ben Cherington held that same position with the Sox when Boston chose Benintendi in the first round of the 2015 draft and has a long been a big booster of the outfielder.
One official whose team talked to the Red Sox indicated chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom was seeking either someone who could step into Boston's starting rotation or a high-end starter plus a second quality prospect in return for Benintendi, who is eligible for free agency after 2022.