Yankees traded for Andrew Benintendi

After weeks of speculation, Andrew Benintendi heads to the Bronx.

The Yankees acquired Benintendi, a left fielder, from Kansas City on Wednesday night, which the team announced shortly after. 3-2 loss to Mets in Queens. About the deal, which was first reported Jack Curry of YES Networkgives the Yankees a high-contact batter as reinforcements in the outfield in exchange for three pitching prospects: right-handers Chandler Champlain and Beck Way and left-hander TJ Sikkema.

28-year-old Benintendi has competed in the Royals’ All-Star Game this season. He is hitting .320 with a .387 slugging percentage, three home runs and 39 RBIs. Benintendi’s arrival came the day after the Yankees placed Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with left Achilles tendinitis and in the middle of a tough year for Joey Gallo, whose auto-heavy approach was not balanced by his typical flurry of home runs and walks. .

The move is a return to the American League East for Benintendi, who was selected in the first round of the 2015 Boston Red Sox Draft by the University of Arkansas and spent his first five major league seasons with the club. He was sent to the Royal Family in February 2021.

The Royals will have to face their former outfielder immediately as Kansas City kick off the four-game streak at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The next series in New York against the Red Sox will take place in August. 12-14 at Fenway Park, which will give Benintendi a glimpse of the other side of one of baseball’s most intense rivalries.

Potentially complicating things for the Yankees going forward is the fact that Benintendi was one of 10 royals who had to be placed on the restricted list ahead of the Toronto series earlier this month because they had not been vaccinated against Covid-19. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jason Stark reported that the Benintendi vaccination status was not discussed between members of the royal family and the Yankees.

The Yankees, whose entire active roster was cleared to travel to Canada earlier this season, have one series in Toronto at the end of September and could also play the Blue Jays, who are number two in Eastern Australia, in the postseason. Benintendi, if he agrees to get the vaccine, will have plenty of time to do so before it becomes a problem.