The New York Yankees made the primary of what could possibly be a flurry of strikes forward of subsequent week’s commerce deadline, buying All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas Metropolis Royals, it was introduced on Wednesday night time.
The Yankees are sending three minor league pitching prospects to the Royals in trade for the 28-year-old Benintendi: right-hander Beck Approach, right-hander Chandler Champlain and left-hander T.J. Sikkema.
The left-handed hitting Benintendi was named to his first profession MLB All-Star Sport this season. By way of Wednesday, he’s batting a career-best .320 with three dwelling runs and 39 RBIs and a .788 OPS in 93 video games this season.
Benintendi, who’s eligible at no cost company after this season, provides the Yankees one other outfield choice alongside Aaron Decide and Aaron Hicks.
Giancarlo Stanton, who has performed 38 video games within the outfield. is predicted to overlook at the least two-to-three weeks after happening the injured listing this week with left Achilles tendinitis. Joey Gallo is hitting .161 with 103 strikeouts in 230 at-bats, turning into a frequent goal of fan boos.
New York has more and more used 36-year-old Matt Carpenter within the outfield, the place he had not performed since 2014.
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“Benintendi is a good hitter,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned after Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the New York Mets and earlier than the commerce was introduced. “Will get on base at a very excessive clip. Hits from the left aspect so, yeah, provides you some steadiness.”
Final season, Benintendi hit .276 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs, incomes a Gold Glove in his first season with the Royals. He was acquired by Kansas Metropolis from the Boston Crimson Sox in February 2021 as a part of a three-team commerce that additionally concerned the Mets.
“He’s a very good participant,” Decide mentioned. “I had an opportunity to play in opposition to him for fairly just a few years when he was taking part in over in Boston, and I’ve seen him do loads of spectacular issues. … He’ll be undoubtedly an enormous piece of what we bought happening right here.”
Decide added: “I feel including a man like that may undoubtedly give us slightly bump up, that’s for certain. And I feel he’s gonna match proper in.”
Not Your ‘Common’ Commerce
In line with Elias Sports activities Bureau, Andrew Benintendi’s .320 batting common is the third highest on the time of a midseason commerce to the Yankees:
YEAR PLAYER BA
1950 Johnny Hopp .340
2008 Xavier Nady .330
2022 Andrew Benintendi .320
— Elias Sports activities Bureau
— Minimal 300 plate appearances
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 Collection title with Boston the next yr.
Benintendi was one among 10 gamers on the Royals who didn’t journey to Toronto in mid-July for a four-game sequence with the Blue Jays as a result of they hadn’t obtained the COVID-19 vaccination. He misplaced $186,813 of the $8.5 million wage he received in an arbitration case in opposition to 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 sequence there from Sept. 26 to twenty-eight.
“For me, it was a private resolution,” Benintendi mentioned earlier this month concerning the vaccine. “And I’m going to go away it at that.”
Champlain, 23, was a ninth-round draft decide final yr and was 2-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 15 begins and one reduction 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 reduction look at Class A Hudson Valley.
Approach, 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.
On Thursday night time, the Royals open a sequence at Yankee Stadium.
ESPN’s Marly Rivera and The Related Press contributed to this report.
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