The Boston Red Sox sent Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals in Wednesday in a three-group exchange that likewise incorporated the New York Mets, leaving behind the last individual from the outfield threesome that assisted Boston with winning the 2018 World Series.
The Red Sox exchanged Benintendi alongside an unknown measure of money to the Royals for outfielder Franchy Cordero and two players to be named later. Boston additionally got small time right-gave pitcher Josh Winckowski and a player to be named later from the Mets. The Mets got outfield prospect Khalil Lee from the Royals.
“For our fans, this is not the first time in the last year they’ve seen an important player leave,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told reporters in a conference call late Wednesday night after the deal was announced. “I know it’s tough. I know it’s painful.”
Benintendi, 26, driven all players with 15 runs during Boston’s 2018 postseason run, when he joined Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the Red Sox outfield. Betts, who was the American League MVP that season, was exchanged to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a compensation dump the previous spring, and Bradley is a free specialist who stays unsigned.
“I wouldn’t have predicted it, but we are where we are,” Red Sox general manager Brian O’Halloran said.
Bloom has said that Bradley could in any case return under the correct arrangement.
“We remain hopeful we will be able to find a fit with Jackie,” Bloom said, “and also recognize that might not happen.”
The No. 7 in general pick in the 2015 draft, Benintendi was second in AL Rookie of the Year balloting in 2017. He batted .290 with 16 homers and 87 RBIs while assisting Boston with winning an establishment record 108 customary season games and the World Series in 2018.
In any case, his numbers dropped off a little the following year and a ton in the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season, when he batted just .103. He additionally played just 14 games, arriving on the harmed list Aug. 12 due to a stressed right rib confine, with the Red Sox later decision him out for the year.
In all, he batted .273 with 51 grand slams, 260 RBIs and 53 taken bases for Boston; his 32 outfield helps are the most in baseball in the course of recent years.
Sprout said he had confidence Benintendi would ricochet back.
“Andrew’s coming off two years that he was capable of more than he showed on the field,” he said. “Last year I was optimistic about Andrew, and I still am.”
He has one year staying on a two-year, $10 million arrangement came to in February 2020 preceding he gets qualified for discretion in 2022 and a free specialist in 2023.
Cordero, 26, was restricted to 16 games in 2020 in light of wounds, hitting .211 with two grand slams and seven RBIs in 38 plate appearances subsequent to being gained from the San Diego Padres. He is a profession .236 hitter with 12 homers in 95 games, and can play every one of the three outfield positions.
Winckowski, 22, was positioned as the No. 20 possibility in the Mets’ framework by Baseball America. He was a fifteenth round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016. He was the Northwest League Pitcher of the Year and a postseason All-Star while with Class A Vancouver in 2018. He arrived at Advanced A ball in 2019 and has a 3.35 ERA and 1.297 WHIP in the minors.
Lee was drafted by the Royals in the third round in 2016 and was named a Baseball America Rookie All-Star for his play that year in tenderfoot ball. He arrived at Double-An out of 2018 and 2019, and played in the Puerto Rican Winter League the previous two years. He has a .256 normal in the lower levels with 37 grand slams and 192 RBIs in 1,719 plate appearances.
Suni Lee is currently the best USA hope for individual all-around gold at Olympics
In stepping back, Simone Biles has introduced a worldwide conversation about the pressures that accompany the athletic ability, about the burdens put on teenagers and twenty-year-olds with the world watching.
In a lot more modest way, she likewise has introduced a free-for-all for the leftover all-around gymnasts, who presently have a shot at a gold that she has left unclaimed.
Assuming the United States needs the decoration that Biles is done defending, Sunisa “Suni” Lee is the smartest option to replace her on the medal stand after Jade Carey supplanted Biles on the U.S, team.
Lee, a 18-year-old born in St. Paul, Minn., to guardians of Hmong descent, as of now has been a breakout star of the Japan Olympics in the wake of lifting the Biles-less Americans to a silver decoration in the group competition this week, and presently will be among the top choices of a leader-less field in the all-around finals Thursday morning.
“With Simone in the mix, everyone was basically lobbying or fighting for silver,” Punnarith Koy, who first began coaching Lee when she was 6, said over the phone Wednesday. “But now it’s wide open, and Suni is definitely in the top-three conversation.”
Koy has watched Lee develop from a boisterous, humble 6-year-old who displayed at Midwest Gymnastics into the next great gymnastics hope for the United States.
He perceived the natural dynamism and balance she had quickly, regardless of whether the young lady didn’t have the foggiest idea about any of the terminology. He looked as 9-year-old Lee executed, on the high shaft, a front aeronautical to back handspring stepout — the very kind of move that helped Gabby Douglas win gold in London in 2012.
“She had that really quick-twitch good power,” said Koy, who still coaches at the gym. “That just came naturally. And she has this fearlessness about her.”
That mentality is the manner by which Koy trusts Lee separated and separates herself. At the point when she was developing, she would complete her exercises rapidly, which permitted the mentors to toss more at her, to test updates on flips, to zoom through more tumbles as others were stuck on the first workout.
As gymnasts develop and climb the levels, Koy said, “they realize this is a lot of work.” Some drop off, and Lee, who will go to Auburn, ascended.
Koy credits her drive to her folks, whose families emigrated from Laos. Her dad, John Lee, was deadened by a tumble off a stepping stool in 2019 only days before Lee had a public title meet. After his support, she joined in and performed in any case, winning gold in the lopsided bars and silver in the overall, simply tumbling to superhuman Biles.
In these Olympics, she completed third in qualifying the bill for the inside and out, behind Biles and Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade. Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova, both from Russia, additionally will be competitors.
Yet, there is no front-runner in the event that combines the difficulty score and execution scores from the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.
As far as trouble, however, just Biles’ primers were more earnestly to pull off. On the off chance that Lee can execute a now and again strict difficult exercise, the gold would be hers.
“It’s just a matter of who makes mistakes,” Koy said.
In a news gathering this week, Lee said the starters for the lopsided bars, her claim to fame, were the “most pressure I’ve ever felt in my life.”
Biles, who is focusing in on her mental health, has felt that warmth, as well. However she was there directly next to her teammate, in any event, tolling in on questions presented to Lee.
Biles is there to help, But she isn’t there to compete in the inside and out any longer, which has opened a void that Lee could fill.
Tokyo Olympics: Momiji Nishiya, 13, became Japan’s first gold medal winner in Skateboarding
Thirteen-year-old Momiji Nishiya amazed during the Olympic women’s skateboarding street competition. She coasted through a recreation center of rails, ramps and stairs meant to mimic city street parks at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.
At the point when she completed, she became Japan’s most youthful ever gold medal winner and one of the most youthful Olympic champions ever.
Nishiya’s success likewise sealed Japan’s mastery of the street competition. It appeared at these Summer Olympics and coordinators trust it mixes the global sports with youthful energy. Truth be told, half of the women in the eight-skateboarder last were 16 or more younger.
Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, a couple of months more younger than Nishiya took silver and another Japanese skateboarder Funa Nakayama won bronze. Nishiya’s triumph came the day after Japan’s Yuto Horigome took the gold in the men’s street competition.
The game is one of a few new games at the Olympics this year including surfing, three on three b-ball and rock climbing.
Melvin Ingram is signing a one-year deal with Pittsburgh Steelers
Melvin Ingram’s first genuine taste of free agency endured well into July. It arrived at its decision Monday, with perfect timing to get pressed for a transition to western Pennsylvania.
Ingram is signing a one-year deal the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport announced. The signing came following Ingram’s Monday visit with the club.
Ingram had likewise attracted interest from the Chiefs and Dolphins this offseason, and will fill a hired soldier like requirement for the Steelers. Pittsburgh was looking for a veteran contributor on the edge following the free-specialist takeoff of Bud Dupree , while Ingram was in quest for work in the wake of going through his whole nine-year NFL career in Southern California with the Chargers.
Ingram is one sack short of 50 for his career, and with an opportunity to play inverse T.J. Watt, it’s probably he’ll arrive at that achievement in 2021, if he can stay sound. Ingram was limited to seven games last season because of a determined knee issue in 2020, his last mission with the Chargers.
With Ingram having signed on the dotted line, all that is left for the veteran to finish is a proficient move to Pittsburgh. Steelers rookies on the block and veterans report to training camp Wednesday.
Somewhere else in NFL news Monday:
- Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce experienced a calf injury while preparing this late spring and his accessibility for the beginning of camp is in question, Rapoport detailed, per a source educated regarding the circumstance. Penetrate could miss time during camp, yet the injury isn’t required to save him off the field for the 2021 ordinary season. It’s a fascinating if not disappointing piece of information for Pierce, who was a critical expansion to the Vikings’ list over a year prior however presently can’t seem to play a game for Minnesota. In the wake of filling in as a dependably successful inside safeguard for Baltimore, Pierce marked a three-year, $27 million arrangement with the Vikings in March of 2020, however quit the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s met another obstacle not long before the beginning of camp in 2021.
In the midst of distress over his agreement, New England Patriots star cornerback Stephon Gilmore is available to a multi-year expansion or a one-year hop in compensation for 2021, NFL Network’s Mike Giardi revealed. The lasting Pro Bowler is set to make $7 million in what is the last year of his arrangement, definitely not exactly remarkable friends at his position. He’s because of report to instructional course July 27, giving the two sides to pound out an understanding, Giardi added.
- Geno Atkins is as yet searching for another group. He’ll begin effectively looking in no time. The previous Cincinnati Bengals guarded tackle was cleared for all football movement in mid-June, Rapoport revealed, in the wake of experiencing a torn rotator sleeve last season. Atkins, 33, will start taking visits and gauging interest from groups soon, Rapoport added. The veteran DT had spent the whole of his 11-year profession in Cincinnati prior to being delivered in March.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars consented to terms with first-round running back Travis Etienne on his four-year freshman arrangement, Rapoport detailed.
- The Miami Dolphins marked tackle Timon Parris. The 25-year-old hostile lineman went through last season with Washington and has played four vocation games.
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