BOSTON — Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom continued his efforts to bolster the team’s middle by acquiring talented but oft-injured infielder Adelberto Mondese in a trade with the Royals on Tuesday.
In exchange, the Red Sox sent lefty reliever Josh Taylor — also a player with an injury history — to Kansas City. The Red Sox also get the player to be designated or cash consideration as part of the exchange.
In Mondesi, the Red Sox get a player who led the majors in triples (10) and 20 in steals (24) in 2019 but hasn’t been on the field much the past two seasons. With rule changes that increase stolen bases coming into play this season, it makes a player like Mondesi even more valuable if he can stay healthy.
Mondesi tore his left ACL on April 26, 2022, ending his season. It typically takes about nine months for an athlete to recover from a torn ACL injury, which Mondesi is targeting to be ready for spring training.
In his career, Mondesi started 241 games at shortstop, 64 games at second base, and 20 games at third base. Although Hernandez has only started 64 games compared to 187 seconds, Bloom recently said the veteran is a plus defender wherever he plays. Cora talked about how Hernandez’s freshman quickness plays out at shortstop.
For the past two seasons, Hernandez has been Boston’s primary center fielder. But with Xander Bogaerts leaving in free agency and Trevor Story out indefinitely with right elbow surgery, the Sox decided to move Hernandez to the outfield as he agreed to play center field with free agent slugger Adam Duvall. . Hernandez said a few days ago that he prefers to play the infield because he likes to play the game faster.
Duval’s one-year, $7 million increase is not official because the deal is pending in person. But the position-player lineup is finally coming into focus for Kora.
An alignment might look something like this.
Masataka Yoshida, LF
Kiki Hernandez, SS-2B
Raphael Devers, 3b
Justin Turner, DH
Alex Verdugo, RF
Adam Duvall, C.F
Tristan Casas, 1 b
Adelberto Mondesi, SS-2B
Reese McGuire, c
Rover Christian Arroyo, outfielder Rob Refsnyder and Connor Wong are on the bench. Cornerback Bobby Dahlbeck and outfielder Jaren Duran will also battle for roster spots.
The son of former MLB outfielder Raul Mondesi, Adalberto was plagued by injuries throughout his career, playing in just 358 games over seven seasons, all with the Royals. He will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2023 season. In the year After making his MLB debut for Kansas City in the 2015 World Series, Mondesi posted a lifetime .244/.280/.408 slash with 38 homers and 133 stolen bases in the big leagues.
Taylor in 2011. He was a left-handed shortstop for the Red Sox in 2021, but he didn’t pitch in the majors at 22 due to a back injury. In three seasons (2019-21) for the Red Sox, he has a 3.69 ERA with 129 K in 102 1/3 innings in 121 games (one start). The southpaw, who turns 30 on March 2, could be ruled out in 2025.
Thomas Harrigan contributed to this story.