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Andrew Benintendi trade: Why did Boston Red Sox acquire 3 players to be named later in deal?

Tuesday’s three-team trade that sent popular outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox to the Royals included an unusual wrinkle: Boston acquired three players to be named later along with outfielder Franchy Cordero and pitcher Josh Winckowski.

The Red Sox have not yet worked out the specific identities of the players they’re receiving in the deal, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said, but have instead worked out some rules for how and when they’ll decide. Boston will acquire two more players from Kansas City and one more from the Mets, who acquired outfield prospect Khalil Lee from the Royals in the deal.

“We have frameworks in place with the clubs as to how and when we’re going to do that,” Bloom said. “There’s not names of the players we’re embargoing right now.”

Though Bloom wouldn’t discuss the specific frameworks, it’s likely that the Red Sox and the other clubs have agreed to lists comprised of a certain number of players Boston can choose from as well as a deadline for when the decisions have to be made. Delaying the decisions on the specific players will allow the Red Sox to have time to scout Mets and Royals minor-leaguers this spring and summer after not having a chance to see them play in 2020, when the minor-league season was canceled. Read from source….