Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

February 9, 2023 GMT
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FILE -Oregon State's Justin Boyd bunts the ball during an NCAA baseball game against Stanford on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. The Guardians acquired outfielder Justin Boyd on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023 in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Will Benson. Boyd was Cincinnati’s 2nd round (73rd overall) pick in the 2022 MLB Draft out of Oregon State, where he batted a Pac-12-best .373 with 24 steals last season, earning NCBWA Second-Team All-American honors.(AP Photo/Amanda Loman, File)
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FILE -Oregon State's Justin Boyd bunts the ball during an NCAA baseball game against Stanford on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. The Guardians acquired outfielder Justin Boyd on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023 in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Will Benson. Boyd was Cincinnati’s 2nd round (73rd overall) pick in the 2022 MLB Draft out of Oregon State, where he batted a Pac-12-best .373 with 24 steals last season, earning NCBWA Second-Team All-American honors.(AP Photo/Amanda Loman, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.

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