Reports: Andrew Benintendi to be dealt from Red Sox to Royals
After an offseason full of trade rumors, Andrew Benintendi knows for sure that he will no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox.The former American League Rookie of the Year runner-up is on the move as the Red Sox have agreed to a three-team trade, with the outfielder Benintendi being dealt to the Kansas City Royals, according to multiple reports Wednesday night.In exchange, the Royals will reportedly ship outfielder Franchy Cordero to Boston, in addition to trading outfield prospect Khalil Lee to the New York Mets. MLB Network also reports that the Mets will move right-hander Josh Winckowski to Boston as part of the maneuver. Other players to be named may also be part of the trade, per reports.The headliner is Boston's trade of Benintendi, 26, who once was considered one of the more up-and-coming players in baseball. He finished second to the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge in the AL Rookie of the Year race in 2017, thanks to a sterling full-season debut (20 home runs, 90 RBIs , 20 stolen bases) after playing 34 games in 2016.Benintendi set career highs in batting average (.290), steals (21) and doubles (41) in 2018 among several other categories while helping the Red Sox to a World Series title. After hitting 16 homers with 87 RBIs in that title-winning campaign, the left-handed hitter has hit just 13 long balls in the past two seasons since. The shortened 2020 season was a disaster for Benintendi, who hit just .103 with no home runs and a single RBI in 52 plate appearances -- finally being shelved late in the year with a rib-cage injury.
Royals sign RHP Wade Davis to minor-league deal
The Kansas City Royals signed right-handed pitcher Wade Davis to a minor-league contract.Davis, 35, spent the past three seasons with the Colorado Rockies after an All-Star season with the Chicago Cubs in 2017 and four seasons each with the Royals (2013-16) and Tampa Bay Rays (2009-12). A two-time All-Star as Kansas City's closer, he led the National League in saves (43) and games finished (63) with the Rockies in 2018.The Rockies released Davis on Sept. 21. He pitched in just five games last season, giving up 10 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Veteran RHP Santana signs minor league deal with Royals
After not pitching in 2020, 15-year veteran right-hander Ervin Santana signed a one-year minor league deal Tuesday that returns him to the Kansas City Royals organization.Santana, 36, is a two-time All-Star who is 149-127 with a 4.09 ERA over 387 appearances (384 starts) for five teams, including the Royals in 2013. He went 9-10 in his lone season in Kansas City, with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts and 211 innings.The one-year deal would be worth $1.5 million if Santana makes the major league roster, the Kansas City Star reported, with another $1.75 million available in incentives. He is expected to be invited to big league camp at spring training.
Royals re-sign veteran RHP Holland
The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that they have re-signed right-hander Greg Holland.Holland, 35, signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal, according to multiple reports.The three-time All-Star will be starting the second season of his second stint with the club. He went 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and six saves in 28 relief appearances for Kansas City in 2020 before becoming a free agent after the season.Holland also was with the Royals from 2010-15 and was an All-Star in both 2013 and 2014 when he was one of the top closers in the game. Holland had a 1.21 ERA and 47 saves in 68 games in 2013 and 46 saves with a 1.44 ERA in 65 appearances in 2014.Holland saved 32 games in 48 appearances in 2015 before suffering a major arm injury and undergoing Tommy John surgery. The injury caused him to miss the postseason as the Royals defeated the New York Mets to win the World Series.
Reports: Royals signing 1B Santana for 2 years, $17.5M
The Kansas City Royals and free agent first baseman Carlos Santana have agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million deal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.Santana, 34, batted a career-low .199 with eight homers, 30 RBIs and a league-leading 47 walks in 60 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2020.He made the American League All-Star team in 2019, finishing with a .281 average, 34 home runs and 93 RBIs.
Royals reach deal with Dozier, three others
The Kansas City Royals reached a one-year deal with first baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier on Wednesday as the sides avoided arbitration.Dozier's deal is worth $2.72 million plus incentives, according to multiple reports.The two sides reached the deal just hours before a deadline for clubs to offer contracts to players on their 40-man roster.Dozier batted .228 with six homers and 12 RBIs in 44 games during the shortened 2020 season.One year earlier, he batted .279 with 26 homers and 84 RBIs in 139 games, when he had 65 extra-base hits, including tying for the major league high of 10 triples.
Reports: Royals signing LHP Minor to two-year deal
The Kansas City Royals reportedly have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent left-hander Mike Minor, pending the results of a physical.Minor, who turns 33 on Dec. 26, split the 2020 season with the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics and went 1-6 with a 5.56 ERA in 12 games (11 starts).He was an All-Star with the Rangers in 2019, finishing 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 208 1/3 innings.