Red Sox acquire Adalberto Mondesi in trade with Royals

The Boston Red Sox acquired shortstop Adalberto Mondesi from the Kansas City Royals for left-handed reliever Josh Taylor on Tuesday, offering middle-infield depth to buttress losses this winter to free company and harm.

The Red Sox can even be receiving a participant to be named or money concerns as a part of the deal.

The 27-year-old Mondesi, whose star-level instruments made him a prime prospect however whose lack of ability to remain wholesome has restricted him to 358 video games in seven seasons, is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. Boston misplaced shortstop Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres and second baseman Trevor Story to inside bracing surgical procedure on the ulnar collateral ligament in his proper elbow, leaving a big middle-infield hole.

Enrique Hernandez, who has performed middle area for the Red Sox over the previous two seasons, is anticipated to take over at shortstop, the place he has performed 100 profession video games. Mondesi has spent most of his profession at shortstop, though he has dabbled at second and third base in the previous. He will make $3.045 million this season.

Kansas City as soon as noticed Mondesi as a foundational participant in its rebuild, and he seemed the half in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, hitting for energy and stealing 75 bases with his elite velocity. For him to be packaged with a participant to be named later and return solely a reliever illustrates how far Mondesi’s inventory has fallen. Over his seven seasons, Mondesi’s profession line is .244/.280/.408 with 38 dwelling runs and 133 stolen bases.

Taylor, 29, has been efficient in his two full seasons with the Red Sox however missed all of 2022 with a again harm. In 2021, he struck out 60 in 47⅔ innings, walked 23 and allowed solely two dwelling runs. Taylor, who has thrown a number of bullpen classes lately and is anticipated to be wholesome in time for spring coaching, will be a part of Aroldis Chapman — who lately signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal — Amir Garrett and maybe Angel Zerpa as left-handers in the Royals’ bullpen.

Kansas City may not be achieved dealing, both. Earlier in the week, it traded middle fielder Michael A. Taylor to Minnesota, and sources informed ESPN the Royals have spoken with groups about utilityman Hunter Dozier — who’s owed $17.25 million over the subsequent two seasons — and infielder Nicky Lopez, who had a WAR of 4.2 in 2021.

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