Did Red Sox Chaim Bloom Find a "Franch"-ise Player in Franchy Cordero?

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The Red Sox finally ended months of speculation and pulled the trigger and traded Andrew Benintendi.  In a three-team deal, Benintendi will head to the Royals with the Red Sox acquiring outfielder Franchy Cordero.  Boston will also receive four other players in this trade.

Benintendi, 26, will forever be a fan favorite amongst Red Sox Nation.  He will be remembered for his diving catch in the ALCS off the bat of Alex Bregman to win the game.  But he is not the only fan favorite to be traded within the last year.  The Benintendi trade comes on the one-year anniversary of the Mookie Betts trade to the Dodgers. 


"For our fans, this is not the first time in the last year they've seen an important player leave," Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom told reporters in a call late Wednesday night after the deal was made official.  "I know it's tough.  I know it's painful."


The Red Sox have acquired outfielder Franchy Cordero from the Royals. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Royals are also trading a player in Cordero they believed in and thought was going to be part of their core.  “We didn’t get a chance to see Franchy Cordero like we expected and like we hoped,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said at the end of the season.”  Moore would go on to add, “There’s a lot of ability there, always has been.  We’ve had our eye on him for really the last three years.”


When the Royals acquired Cordero, they were hoping they pulled off a heist similar to the Rays when they acquired Randy Arozarena from the Cardinals.  Cordero who was in the Padres system prior to his trade to Kansas City and was expendable due to their abundance of outfielders. 


The 26-year-old outfielder was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic as a shortstop in 2011.  The Padres converted him to an outfielder once they got him into their program.


The Red Sox are hoping his elite speed and power will translate to the big leagues.  Those attributes are rare and will be fun to see displayed at Fenway Park, provided he is healthy. 


Despite his health, which none of his injuries seem to be long-term issues, Chaim Bloom may have found a diamond in the rough.  Bloom’s former team, the Rays found a hidden gem in a January 2020 trade that netted them Arozarena.  He went on to dazzle in the playoffs showing off his athleticism and raw power on the grandest stage.

Could the Red Sox have found the next Arozarena?  Maybe.  Prior to the trade with the with the Rays, he was a well-regarded prospect.  Arozarena was signed out of Cuba in 2016 as an international free agent.  At the time scouts reported he looked like a “tools” project, but he dazzled once he was in the Cardinals system.  When he was traded, the Cuban outfielder was a top-100 type prospect.  He was the Cardinals tenth-best prospect in their system.  Similar to Cordero with the Padres, the Cardinals were loaded with outfield possibilities and were looking to unload from their surplus. 


The Cardinals were able to acquire a top-pitching prospect in Matthew Liberatore, the Rays in the short-term won that trade, catapulting to the World Series and acquiring a potential superstar. 


Arozarena went on and demolished pitching in the postseason.  He is the record holder for hits, total bases, and HRs in a single postseason. 


Both Cordero and Arozarena have similar power and speed comps.  Only Arozarena has been able to showcase his talent and abilities at a high level.

If fans look at the Rays history should give you any hope for Cordero, when they make a gamble they generally come out on top. 


Arozarena wasn’t the focal point to the trade last January but blossomed into a star.  The trade last night for the Red Sox could be eerily similar if Cordero’s raw tools materialize in the majors. 


Bloom has shown patience in his roster building approach that dates back to when he was in Tampa Bay.  An example of that was when he coveted current Rays infielder Yandy Diaz.  When Bloom was in Tampa, he wanted to acquire Diaz, who was with Cleveland at the time.  Bloom and the Rays coveted Diaz’ ability to hit the ball hard. 


When Diaz was acquired from Cleveland for Jake Bauers, Bloom was asked about the thought process around the deal.  “Any time you get a guy who hits the ball really hard,” Bloom said, “there’s always additional upside to the extent they can drive the ball a little bit.”  


Cordero hits the ball hard, but now needs to consistently hit the ball into the air.  Last season, there was only one Royals player with a higher exit velocity at the plate, that was Jorge Soler.  The new Red Sox slugger has the ability to square up the ball and hit different pitches all over the zone at the plate. 


Arozarena at this point is more balanced and can hit the ball to all fields.  He also has the ability to go opposite field with his approach.  This could make Arozarena a 40 home run player. 


Trading a fan favorite in Benintendi isn’t easy, but Bloom already had the blueprint to navigate through those tough PR waters.  Arozarena made an immediate impact in Tampa Bay and it was a success story for the Rays.  Bloom is hoping Cordero’s prodigious power and elite speed will do the same and the Red Sox front office has a success story of their own. 


While Boston would love for Cordero to turn into Arozarena, the fear amongst Red Sox fans is he’ll become Wily Mo Peña. 



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