The New York Yankees are the first to make moves to acquire the All-Star outfielder ahead of next week’s trade deadline. Andrew Benintendi From the Kansas City Royals, it was announced Wednesday night.
In exchange for the 28-year-old Benintendi, the Yankees sent three minor league pitching prospects to the Royals: right-hander Beck Way, right-hander Chandler Champlain and left-hander TJ Sikkema.
The left-handed hitting Benintendi was named to his first career MLB All-Star Game this season. Through Wednesday, he is batting a career-best .320 with three home runs and 39 RBIs and a .788 OPS in 93 games this season.
Giancarlo Stanton, who played in 38 games in the outfield. He is expected to miss at least two to three weeks after going on the injured list this week with left heel tendinitis. Joey Gallo Hitting .161 with 103 strikeouts in 230 at-bats, he was a frequent target to the fans’ excitement.
New York uses a maximum age of 36 Matt Carpenter In the outfield, where he hasn’t played since 2014.
“Benintendi is a great hitter,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Wednesday’s game. 3-2 loss to the New York Mets and before the trade was announced. “Hit at a really high clip. Hits from the left side, 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. In February 2021, he was acquired from the Boston Red Sox by Kansas City as part of a three-team trade that also included the Mets.
“He’s a good player,” Judge said. “I had a chance to play against him for a few years when he was in Boston, and I’ve seen him do a lot of interesting things. … He’s definitely going to be a big part of what we’ve got going on here.”
Judge added: “I think adding a guy like that would definitely give us a bit of a buzz, that’s for sure. And I think he’ll fit right in.”
Benintendi has a .261 average with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 30 career games at Yankee Stadium. He finished second to Judge in AL rookie voting in 2017 and won a World Series title with Boston the following year.
Benintendi was one of 10 players on the Royals who did not travel to Toronto in mid-July for a four-game series with the Blue Jays because they had not received a Covid-19 vaccine. He forfeited $186,813 of the $8.5 million salary he won in an arbitration case against the Royals.
New York believes he is fit to be vaccinated. No Yankees have missed previous trips to Toronto this season, and the Yankees have a three-game series there from September 26-28.
“For me, it’s a personal decision,” Benintendi said of the vaccine earlier this month. “I’m going to leave it at that.”
Champlain, 23, was a ninth-round draft pick last year and is 2-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 15 starts and one relief appearance at Class A Tampa.
Sikkema, 24, was taken in the tournament-balanced Round A of the 2019 draft and is 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance at Class A Hudson Valley.
Way, 22, was a fourth-round pick two years ago and is 5-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 starts in the Hudson Valley.
On Thursday night, the Royals begin a series at Yankee Stadium.
Marly Rivera of ESPN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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