The Boston Red Sox announced On Tuesday, they agreed a trade for shortstop Adalberto Mondesí with the Kansas City Royals.
Boston sends left-handed pitcher Josh Taylor to the Royals for Mondesí, along with a later-named player or money considerations.
The son of former MLB outfielder Raúl Mondesí, Mondesí has missed most of the past two seasons through injury.
After becoming the first player since 1885 to make his MLB World Series debut in 2015, Mondesí spent most of the next two seasons in the Minors.
He became a full-time starter for the Royals midway through the 2018 season, and then experienced the biggest action of his MLB career in 2019.
Mondesí appeared in a career-high 102 games, hitting a .263 with a career-high 62 RBI, 58 runs scored, 43 stolen bases and 10 triples and nine home runs.
He then played in 59 of the Royals’ 60 games during the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, hitting .256 with six homers, 22 RBI, 33 runs and 24 steals, leading the American League.
Mondesí seemed poised to become one of MLB’s best all-around shortstops in 2021, but oblique injuries and hamstring strains limited him to just 35 games. He only played 15 games last season due to a cruciate ligament tear in May.
While durability has been a major concern, acquiring Mondesí could be a worthwhile gamble for a Red Sox team looking for shortstop answers.
Longtime shortstop Xander Bogaerts signed in free agency with the San Diego Padres. Trevor Story was set to slip from second base to shortstop in 2023 but a UCL injury could sideline him for most or all of the season.
Although Mondesí made his MLB debut in 2015, he’s only 27 and has a lot of untapped potential that could yet be realized if he manages to stay healthy.
The risk is well worth it as Mondesí will earn just $3.045 million this season before hitting free agency in 2024.
Plus, the Red Sox didn’t have to give up a high-profile prospect or a key member of the major league roster to land him.
Taylor is a 29-year-old southpaw who was a helper on Boston’s roster from 2019-2021. His biggest workload came in 2021 when he went 1-0 in 61 appearances from the bullpen with a 3.40 ERA, 1.427 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.
Overall, Taylor owns a 3.69 ERA and 1,329 WHIP in 121 games during his major league career.
Last season, Taylor played exclusively in Triple-A and Double-A after suffering a back injury and went 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 13 appearances, seven of which were starts to the goal.
If Mondesí is healthy to start the 2023 season, he has a chance to contend for a spot at the top of Boston’s lineup along with third baseman Rafael Devers, designated hitter Justin Turner and outfielders Alex Verdugo and Masataka Yoshida.