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Guardians trade Will Benson to Reds for Justin Boyd

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Guardians

Aug 30, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians center fielder Will Benson (29) makes a running catch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.