New York Yankees add All-Star Andrew Benintendi
Ricky Gray | July 28, 2022
With next week's trade deadline approaching, the Yankees added a great hitter.
Although the Yankees are already one of the best batting teams in the league, it doesn’t hurt to have another All-Star in your lineup.
The team went out and added the former Kansas City Royals player, Andrew Benintendi. With Benintendi in the lineup, the Yankees should become even more lethal at the plate.
The Yankees are sending three minor league pitching prospects to the Royals in exchange for the 28-year-old Benintendi. The players sent are right-hander Beck Way, right-hander Chandler Champlain and left-hander T.J. Sikkema.
At the moment, Benintendi is hitting .320 with three home runs and 39 RBIs and a .788 OPS in 93 games this season. He also gives the Yankees another outfield option other than Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge.
Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said: “Benintendi is a great hitter. Gets on base at a really high clip. Hits from the left side so, yeah, gives you some balance.”
Last season, Benintendi hit .276 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs, earning a Gold Glove in his first season with the Royals.
Judge said: “He's a really good player. I had a chance to play against him for quite a few years when he was playing over in Boston, and I've seen him do a lot of impressive things. ... He'll be definitely a big piece of what we got going on here.
“I think adding a guy like that would definitely give us a little bump up, that's for sure. And I think he's gonna fit right in.”
At Yankee Stadium, Benintendi has a .261 average with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 30 career games and finished second to Aaron Judge in the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year voting.
In 2018, Benintendi won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox.