Mets acquire OF prospect Khalil Lee as part of three-team trade with Royals, Red Sox

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Khalil Lee smiling
Khalil Lee smiling

As part of a three-team trade, the Mets have acquired outfield prospect Khalil Lee from the Kansas City Royals.

The Mets designated catcher Ali Sánchez for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster for Lee.

SNY's Andy Martino first reported that the Mets were involved in the deal, which was officially announced by the club on Wednesday evening.

The three-team deal between the Mets, Royals, and Boston Red Sox sent Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox to the Royals, while Boston received outfielder Franchy Cordero from Kansas City and RHP Josh Winckowski from the Mets, along with three players to be named later (two from the Royals, one from the Mets).

Winckowski had just been acquired by New York in the deal that sent Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lee, a 22-year-old outfielder who hits and throws left-handed, was originally drafted by the Royals in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

The No. 8 prospect in the Royals organization, according to MLB.com, Lee was seen as a possible pitching prospect coming out of high school, but has still risen through the Kansas City system fairly quickly as an outfielder thanks to his speed and potential to add power.

He played 129 games of Double-A ball in 2019, slashing .264/.363/.372 with eight home runs, 51 RBI and 53 stolen bases in 65 attempts.