The Red Sox are looking for multiple prospects in return for Benintendi, and are particularly interested in pitchers and outfielders, Bowden notes.
There's no word yet on which teams Boston has been in touch with.
Benintendi, the seventh overall pick in 2015, is coming off a brief and brutal 2020 campaign that saw him hit .103 over 14 games.
After finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2017, Benintendi broke out further in 2018. The 26-year-old hit .290/.366/.465 with 16 home runs, 103 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases that year. Benintendi took a step back in 2019 (.266/.343/.431) before his disastrous 2020 campaign.
The Red Sox outfield is currently poised to enter the season with Benintendi in left, Alex Verdugo in center, and the recently signed Hunter Renfroe in right. The club has also expressed some interest in bringing back slick-fielding center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who hit free agency after the 2020 season.