Robbie Grossman signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers last week, leaving an opening in left field for the A's. Despite multiple internal options to replace him, another possibility to fill in his role could be Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
The A’s reportedly are one of a few teams who have “checked in” on the 26-year-old as a possible trade candidate from Boston, according to Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Journal. McAdam cited an industry source.
Benintendi would appear to be a perfect fit for the A’s in left field. He would bring strong defense and a needed lefty bat in the lineup to fill the void Grossman left. It also appears personally, he would gel wonderfully in the Oakland clubhouse.
Despite an injured and disappointing 2020 season, Benintendi could bring speed on the bases (20-plus steals in 2017 and 2018) and a little power to the A's lineup.
Across five seasons with the Red Sox, Benintendi slashed .273/.353/.435, averaging 16.3 homers per year in 2017-19.
The Red Sox have “indeed been open” to discussing a trade, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe recently reported, citing a major-league source. But nothing appears imminent at the moment.
Two other AL West teams, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, also reportedly have checked in on the Benintendi trade possibility.