The San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals are talking trade for Andrew Benintendi.
East Village Times has learned that the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Royals are in exploratory talks for outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
Kansas City currently sits in last place in their division with the worst record in all of MLB. Benintendi is a pending free agent and will indeed be dealt by the Royals at some point before the August 2 trade deadline.
The Royals’ aim is to get as many prospects in return for Benintendi before he leaves town. San Diego is undoubtedly capable of paying the hefty asking price.
The Padres are in need of outfield production, and Benintendi is off to a hot start in his free agent year. The former A.L. Gold Glove-Award winner (2021) is hitting .321 on the year with a .799 OPS for the Royals in 52 games. The thought is that he could play in left-field for the Padres, pushing Jurickson Profar to a platoon role or a bench role until Wil Myers is healthy enough to return in 3-6 weeks from a knee injury.
San Diego is armed with several prospects, and these two franchises have come together in recent years on multiple trades. There is a decent likelihood that the two sides can come to an agreement. Tim Hill and Trevor Rosenthal were both acquired by San Diego in the past few seasons for a package of prospects.
A.J. Preller and his Padres staff are very aggressive when it comes to upgrading the roster. There is little doubt that he will make several moves in the coming months. The outfield position has several question marks, and it is likely that San Diego makes a few moves to solidify the team for a hopeful playoff run.
The asking price for Benintendi shouldn’t be debilitating to the Padres system. A few mid to lower-level players within the Padres’ top prospects should be enough for the Royals to accept a deal. The Padres have plenty of depth at the lower levels and could assist the Royals in their rebuilding process.
Going over the collective bargaining tax is something the Padres are trying to avoid, so San Diego would need to move some salary in a potential deal. A third team is a possibility in this trade, or the Padres may be working a few different angles with several teams.
The two sides (Royals and Padres) are reportedly in the early stages of talks, but San Diego is looking to get a deal done sooner rather than later.
Stay tuned for more details.