Red Sox sign outfielder Andrew Benintendi to two-year deal

Jul 6, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) smiles in the dugout after scoring a run during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The trade limbo with the Dodgers and Twins didn't stop the Red Sox from taking care of some other business on Saturday, as the team avoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a two-year contract with outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

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The #RedSox today signed OF Andrew Benintendi to a two-year contract through the 2021 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

The deal is worth $10 million, according to the Boston Globe's Alex Speier.

Benintendi's new deal comes after a 2019 season that included a .266 batting average with 13 homers and 68 RBIs. It was a definite down year following a strong 2018 year that included Benintendi's best batting average (.290) and OPS (.840) and most hits (168) since becoming a full-time big leaguer in 2017 to go with 16 blasts and 87 RBIs in 148 games played.

The 25-year-old's sluggish 2019 year truly bottomed in September, too, as Benintendi went just 9-for-64 (.141 batting average) with just one home run and 13 strikeouts in 21 games for a did-not-qualify Sox squad.

Benintendi was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.