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Red Sox Acquire Shortstop Adalberto Mondesí From The Royals

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The Boston Red Sox have finally addressed the shortstop position, adding Adalberto Mondesí from the Kansas City Royals. Boston is sending left-handed pitcher Josh Taylor for Mondesí and a player to be named later.

The Red Sox and general manager Chaim Bloom have been under major scrutiny this season after allowing longtime shortstop Xander Bogaerts to depart via free agency. In an effort to stay under the luxury tax, Boston has been looking to fill their vacancies with players that are happy taking smaller-term, cheaper contracts. Mondesí fits that description.

He is set to be a free agent following this upcoming season and will make just over $3 million in 2023. Josh Taylor was less than impressive in his three seasons in Boston, posting a 3.69 ERA in 102.1 innings pitched.

This trade appears to be a low-risk high-reward situation for the Red Sox. Mondesí has only reached the 100 games played mark once in his seven-year career. That was during the 2019 season when he batted .263 and only hit nine home runs, but a whopping 10 triples.

If Adalberto Mondesí can stay healthy (which is a big if) he has the potential to be a strong everyday player with elite athleticism to play shortstop.

How Will Adalberto Mondesí Impact The Roster For The Red Sox?

Fans had previously speculated that outfielder Kiké Hernández will step in to play shortstop, but there is still some uncertainty around who will play where.

Shortstop/Second basemen Trevor Story will enter this year on the IL with an elbow injury. This leaves the likes of Hernández, Mondesí and utility player Christian Arroyo available for the middle infield. Spring training has become much more interesting as manager Alex Cora will likely need to experiment with different players at different positions.

This could fair well for a team largely full of misfits looking to prove themselves. The Red Sox also reached an agreement on a one-year deal with outfielder Adam Duvall last week. Some wondered if that would affect Hernández’s playing time in the outfield. How these pieces will fit together looms large. The real question Red Sox fans want to find out is… are any of these guys even good enough to be in the lineup every day?

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