February 4, 2023

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Royals trade Adalberto Mondesi to the Red Sox

Red Sox acquires a player Adalberto Mondisi and a player to be named later from the Royals, MLB.com’s Mark Vinsand reports (Twitter link). Boston will send a left-handed molder Josh Taylor to Kansas City in commerce. nivision Mike Rodriguez first mentioned That the two sides are approaching a trade involving Mondisi.

At Mondisi, Boston is acquiring a very talented 27-year-old – but also one of the most injured players in MLB over the past few seasons. Dating back to the 2018 season, Mondesi has appeared in just 40% of the Royals’ potential games, missing time due to a right shoulder impingement, a groin strain, a pair of left shoulder dislocations, a left hamstring strain, an oblique strain and, most recently, a torn cruciate ligament. forward who wiped out the 2022 season. Both the left shoulder injury and ACL tear required surgery.

It’s a terrifying list of injuries Mondisi has picked up, but it’s nonetheless difficult not to be drawn to Mondisi’s combination of strength, pace and defense. In 1,366 major league games, Mondesi has 38 home runs, 54 doubles, 20 triples, and 133 stolen bases. He also earned above-average 23 points and an absolute zone rating of 13.3 in 2,126 career innings pitched at shortstop.

In addition to injuries, this combination of raw skills is also undermined by aggressive approach and sub-par ball-bat skills that regularly lead to sub-par OBPs. Mondisi rebounded in 30.2% of his plate appearances for just 4.4% of his walks, and is a career 244/.280/.408 hitter in the major leagues. That includes approximate .140/.204/.140 appearances in 2022, though that came in a small sample of only 54 plate appearances.

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Mondisi has thrilled scouts, fans, and residents for years now, but the Red Sox will be the first team other than the Royals to try to keep Mondisi healthy and increase the return on those starting gear. They only had his services for a year, though as he struggled to stay on the field, Mondesi had more than five years of major league service time during his various stints on the injured list. He and the royals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $3.045 million salary in December.

Boston’s need for first-class assists increased over the course of the season, with Xander Bogaerts Heading to the Padres via free agency and Trevor’s story He has now been sidelined for at least a large part of the 2023 campaign after internal brace surgery on his right elbow. Boston signed Adam Duvall To play center field, and thus pay Enrique Hernandez to the central region. With Mondesi now on board, he’ll likely handle the bulk of his workload at short notice, when he’s healthy, while Hernandez slides into second base. Christian Arroyo He remains on hand as a utility option who can play second base regularly, should Hernandez need to slide in for a stop in the event of Mondisi’s injury.

More is coming.