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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JULY 12: Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during Summer Workouts at Fenway Park on July 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Finally, a Red Sox offseason rumor that doesn’t involve speculated interest in a mid-tier free agent. This time, it sounds like a fan-favorite could be on his way out of Boston.

According to Jim Bowden of CBS Sports, the Red Sox have engaged in “serious trade talks” involving their 26-year-old outfielder Andrew Benintendi. Multiple teams are reportedly involved, and Boston is looking to receive a prospect or prospects in return, with an emphasis on pitching and outfielders. However, no move is “imminent,” per Bowden.

Benintendi is coming off a season that saw him struggle initially before winding up on IR. In 14 games, he managed to hit just .103 while striking out 17 times in 29 at bats. A rib injury ended his season.

As they look toward 2021, the Red Sox have a wealth of left handed outfielders but are short at a number of other spots. Given Benintendi’s recent performance, contract situation (team control via arbitration through 2022), and their current roster composition, the 2015 seventh-overall pick is a logical trade piece.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.