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New York Yankees began to dabble in the trade deadline as they acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi late Wednesday night.
The trade was announced shortly after the Yankees lost their second game in a row. cross country rival Metsand it happens at the perfect time.
The Bronx Bombers still hold the league’s best record (66-33) and are a real threat to the World Series, but they’ve been underperforming lately, going 14-15 in their last 29 games and 5-9 in their last 14.
Benintendi is hitting .320, a career high and currently the Yankees’ best, as is his .387 batting percentage.
“He’s a really good player… I’ve seen him do a lot of impressive things. It will definitely be a big part of what we have going on here,” he said. Aaron Judge.
Judge added that the trade could be a push for the Yankees to get back in shape as they try to win their first World Series since 2009.
“Especially in the middle of summer. We polished it for a while, and then you added something like that, especially a guy like that, he hit .300+ all year, had great defense, and was kind of a spark plug back there in Kansas City. Every time you bring him into the culture we got, it’s always a plus and a kind of heightened energy.”
The Yankees have been waiting for a .300 hitter — the umpire is close to .292 — but they haven’t had one all season since DJ LeMahieu did in 2019 (he won the title with a .364 batting average in a shortened 2020 ). ).
However, the 2022 All Star offers a different take on the Yankees roster, and Aaron Boone is happy to put his name on the roster card.
“Benintendi is a great striker,” Boone said, “gets into base with a very high speed, hits from the left flank, so yes, gives you some balance … This is another really good big league hitter to add to the mix, which lengthen. our composition and give you the balance you’re looking for.”
This could mean the end Joey Gallostaying with the Yankees. Before he joined the Yankees, he was a .211 hitter but averaged 39 home runs in 162 games. In 138 games with the Yankees since last year, he’s hitting .160 with a .664 OPS.
Benintendi won the 2018 World Series with the Yankees’ nemesis. Boston Red Soxand his first game as a Yankee is Thursday against the team that just traded him: the Kansas City Royals.