Now, the team may be willing to reward him well ahead of schedule for his hard work. As rumors swirl that the Sox are discussing a long-term extension with...someone, many believe intel points to Benintendi as that player.
Red Sox are reportedly discussing an extension with one of their key players. It may be Andrew Benintendi: https://t.co/v3viASQg5U— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 9, 2019
If the reports are true, then this is an indication of just how much the Red Sox value him. Benintendi is up for arbitration in 2020 and won't be a free agent until after the 2022 season, but the Sox seem to prefer locking up some of their young talent.
Without Benintendi, there's no guarantee the Sox survive the ALCS against the Houston Astros.
ANDREW BENINTENDI GAME-SAVING CATCH WHAT A PLAY pic.twitter.com/Vx8R2Jw6KH— Starting 9 (@Starting9) October 18, 2018
Benintendi had a great 2018. He had 16 homers, 87 RBI and 21 stolen bases, while also posting an impressive .290 batting average. He was consistently one of the Red Sox best hitters and fielders all season.
The Sox could be dangerous for a long time with Benintendi and Mookie Betts in their outfield, and even though Betts is closer to free agency, it seems like he could be taken care of first.