The Boston Red Sox found themselves in need of a temporary shortstop after learning that Trevor Story would be out for an undetermined period due to elbow surgery.
Today, the Red Sox found themselves a temporary replacement, acquiring veteran utility infielder Adalberto Mondesi from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Josh Taylor.
With Xander Bogaerts gone, Boston needed to act swiftly.
Fortunately for them, the front office did just that by adding a key veteran infielder to their mix.
On Twitter, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com provided the news of the Red Sox’s latest trade, as well as the details.
Adalberto Mondesi is being traded to the Red Sox, per source. The Royals will receive Josh Taylor in exchange, while Boston will also receive a player to be named later.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 24, 2023
Mondesi made his MLB debut with the Royals in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets.
Kansas City would win that series in five games.
Mondesi provides some much-needed versatility for the Red Sox in the aftermath of Story’s injury.
He can play at the shortstop, second base, and third base positions on the infield.
He also can bring a little bit of power at the plate.
He had a difficult 2022 season, hitting just .140 with no home runs
His best season came in 2018 when he hit for a .276 average with 14 home runs and 37 RBI.
Mondesi will also get more chances at the plate with Story out.
This is just the latest addition for the team in what has been a relatively busy offseason.
Despite losing out on Bogaerts, the team added some key bats in Justin Turner, Masataka Yoshida, and Adam Duvall, while also strengthening the pitching staff with the additions of Kenley Jansen and Corey Kluber