Should the Braves make a play for Andrew Benintendi?

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A name that makes a lot of sense for the Atlanta Braves seems to be hitting the trade market.

Andrew Benintendi is one of the best pure hitting outfielders in all of baseball. With the Red Sox in a full sell-off mode, there’s no doubt Alex Anthopoulos will be making a few calls. For the first three seasons of Benintendi’s career, he was a man on a mission. His .813 OPS and 38 home runs looked like he was on his way to superstardom. But he saw a slight dip in productivity in 2019 before he lost almost all of 2020 to injury. In terms of prospect capital, does he make sense for the Braves?

Emphasizing pitching and outfield could help but possibly hurt Atlanta too. Pitching is no problem. I’d be willing to include a guy in the bottom half of our top 10-15 for Benny. The outfield can get a little more sketchy. Drew Waters is out of the question. I could see Boston being interested in a combo of Trey (or Michael) Harris and Jasseel De La Cruz or Daysbel Hernandez instead of Cruz. That’s about all I’m willing to part with.

Benintendi may never recapture his 2016-2018 magic, but buying low on him with minimal prospects would be a fantastic move for the Braves. If the Red Sox demand someone like Drew Waters or Kyle Muller, I’d be out. Atlanta needs to reserve that type of prospect capital for a guy we’ve covered like Matt Chapman or Jose Ramirez.

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