Boston Red Sox Acquire Adalberto Mondesi From Kansas CIty

The Boston Red Sox have acquired shortstop Adalberto Mondesi from the Kansas City Royals.

The Red Sox will acquire Mondesi and a future pick in exchange for reliever Josh Taylor. Ever since Xander Bogaerts signed with the San Diego Padres, Boston has been looking for a shortstop. They signed Trevor Story two seasons ago to fill the void left by the Bogarets’ inevitable departure.

The Red Sox had no other options for the position, so a deal with shortstop made sense. They will have to hand over the keys to the position to utility man Enrique Hernandez. But he is best suited as their center fielder. Mondesi appeared to be the “best” shortstop available. Big names like Trae Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson are on the table.

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Mondesi is only 27 years old, despite being in his eighth season. He has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals. With a team like the Royals in full rebuilding mode, it’s no surprise they trade him one of their better players. The value in return probably wasn’t what they were hoping for, but it opened the door for other players to get more playing time.

Mondesi is known for his speed and defense over Bat. Mondesi leads the league in stolen bases with 24 in the shortened COVID season. His career high number of stolen bases is 43. 244 with a .687 OPS. Injuries also hampered his career. He’s played less than 60 of his games in each of the last three seasons, so it’s no wonder his trade value has been so low.

The Boston Red Sox currently have the AL East at +1600, tied with the Baltimore Orioles, according to the MLB betting site. Adding mondesi doesn’t really make a difference at all. This was simply Depth his trade with lower risk and higher reward if he stayed healthy.