How Alex Cora Feels About Joining Andrew Benintendi’s Rival Yankees Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Life in Major League Baseball comes upon you fast.
Two seasons ago, Andrew Benintendi was a starting outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. He is now batting for rival New York Yankees, who acquired the 28-year-old from the Kansas City Royals via trade Wednesday night.
When the Red Sox host the Yankees at Fenway Park for a three-game series starting August 12, it will be Benintendi’s first game against his former team. (They missed Kansas City’s series against Boston due to a rib injury.) Despite Benintendi’s squad, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was prepared for a “weird” moment facing the World Series-winning player in 2018. .
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“It was going to be weird with Kansas City anyway,” Cora told reporters Thursday via MassLive.com. “We haven’t played him since he’s traded.”
But what about the fact that Benintendi is a Yankee? Eventually, Boston could hypothetically be traded for Benintendi to add much-needed outfield depth, but instead lead him to a New York team loaded with serious World Series aspirations. (Benintendi went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Thursday in his Yankees debut.)
Cora seemed happy on a personal level after managing three seasons for Benintendi. on a professional level? Maybe not so much.
“Good for him,” said Cora. “He worked hard over the last two years to make adjustments and in the past everyone had envisioned him: the .300 hitter who would get on base and a good base runner. Defensively, he has been amazing at Kansas City.
“As for the individual, I’m very happy. For the player, we’ll leave it at that.”
Who the Red Sox chases and avoids past the MLB trade deadline is beyond Quora’s control. But with her team sitting 50-50 at last in the American League East, we have to believe, Cora isn’t thrilled about getting rich by taking down one of her former players from Boston’s biggest rival.
Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox have until 6 p.m. on August 2 to decide which path they want to take in the trading market.