Yankees get OF Benintendi from Royals for 3 minor leaguers

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Brett Phillips chases down a single by Kansas City Royals' Andrew Benintendi during the first inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, July 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Tampa Bay Rays middle fielder Brett Phillips chases down a single by Kansas Metropolis Royals’ Andrew Benintendi in the course of the first inning of a baseball sport in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., Friday, July 22, 2022. (AP Photograph/Colin E. Braley)


The New York Yankees acquired All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas Metropolis Royals for 3 minor league pitchers on Wednesday night time in what might be the primary of a flurry of strikes forward of subsequent week’s commerce deadline.

Proper-handers Chandler Champlain and Beck Means went to the Royals together with left-hander TJ Sikkema.

Benintendi, a 28-year-old left-handed hitter, was amongst 10 Royals who missed a four-game collection at Toronto from July 14-17 as a result of he was not vaccinated. Benintendi misplaced $186,813 of the $8.5 million wage he received in an arbitration case towards the Royals.

New York believes he’s amenable to getting vaccinated. No Yankees missed earlier journeys to Toronto this season, and the Yankees have a three-game collection there from Sept. 26-28.

Benintendi is hitting .320 with three homers, 39 RBIs and a .788 OPS and received a Gold Glove in left discipline final season. He hasn’t made an error this season.

Benintendi, who’s eligible at no cost company after this season, offers the Yankees one other outfield possibility. Giancarlo Stanton is predicted to overlook no less than two-to-three weeks after happening the injured checklist this week with left Achilles tendinitis, and Joey Gallo is hitting .161 with 103 strikeouts in 230 at-bats.

New York has incrementally used Matt Carpenter within the outfield together with Aaron Decide and Aaron Hicks.

Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone disputed the notion that the Yankees have too many energy hitters of their lineup.

“We have got savages within the lineup, and actually good hitters. Benitendi’s an awesome hitter, will get on base at a extremely excessive clip, hits from the left facet, so, yeah, offers you some steadiness,” Boone mentioned after Wedesday night time’s 3-2 loss on the Mets and simply earlier than the commerce was introduced.

“So if we get him, that is one other actually good massive league hitter so as to add to the combo that is going to elongate out a lineup and doubtlessly offer you that steadiness you search for. So if we get him, I will be excited to write down his identify in,” he mentioned.

On Wednesday, Benintendi went 1 for 4 in Kansas Metropolis’s 4-0 loss to the Angels. On Thursday night time, the Royals open a collection at Yankee Stadium.

Benintendi has a .261 common with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 30 profession video games at Yankee Stadium. He completed second to Decide in 2017 AL Rookie of the 12 months voting and received a World Sequence title with Boston the next 12 months.

“It will likely be undoubtedly an enormous piece to what obtained happening right here… Any time you carry him into one of these tradition we obtained, it is at all times a plus and form of a lift of vitality,” Decide mentioned. “Including a man like that can undoubtedly give us a little bit pump up, that is for certain. And I feel he will match proper in.”

Champlain, 23, was a ninth-round draft decide final 12 months and was 2-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 15 begins and one aid look at Class A Tampa.

Sikkema, 24, was taken in aggressive steadiness spherical A of the 2019 draft and was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 10 begins and one aid look at Class A Hudson Valley.

Means, 22, was a fourth-round decide two years in the past and was 5-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 begins at Hudson Valley.


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