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Andrew Benintendi cashes in with big free agency contract

Andrew Benintendi takes a swing

Jun 9, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) hits a double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Benintendi has a new team, and his free agency contract proves just how wild this offseason is getting.

Benintendi agreed with the Chicago White Sox on a 5-year, $75 million deal, we learned on Friday. That’s a really strong contract for the 28-year-old.

Benintendi had a strong batting average with the Kansas City Royals but then went downhill after being traded to the New York Yankees last season. He batted .320 with KC and then .254 with the Yankees. He finished the season hitting .304 overall, but he had just five home runs.

Benintendi needs to pick up his power numbers in order to be worth his contract. If he doesn’t, he has to hit .300 to be worth what the White Sox are paying him.

The lefty outfielder has a career .782 OPS. The White Sox needed an extra outfielder, which explains why they went to five years on the contract length. Having Benintendi should allow the White Sox to bat Eloy Jimenez at designated hitter sometimes.

Yankees get bad news about trade deadline acquisition

Aaron Boone smiling

Dec 10, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sport

The New York Yankees have been scuffling lately, and the news they revealed Sunday is unlikely to help improve the situation.

Manager Aaron Boone revealed that outfielder Andrew Benintendi, one of the team’s key trade deadline acquisitions, broke his hamate bone and will require surgery. Benintendi sounded hopeful that he could return this season, but that is unclear with no timeline revealed by the team itself.

This pretty much sums up how the Yankees’ second half has gone. Benintendi was supposed to provide another useful bat when the Yankees traded for him at the deadline. He mostly did that, hitting .254 with two home runs in 33 games with New York after his acquisition. Now his season is in serious doubt.

The Yankees won Sunday, but frustrations are still high as the team struggles down the stretch. This news will not help matters.

Andrew Benintendi’s stance on vaccine reportedly revealed

[Andrew Benintendi in a headset

One of the hurdles in a potential Andrew Benintendi trade had to do with the outfielder’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

Benintendi was among the 10 Kansas City Royals players who did not make the trip to Toronto two weeks ago. That development alerted the public to the likelihood that Benintendi had not received the COVID-19 vaccine, which is a requirement to enter Canada.

Benintendi’s COVID vaccination status was a topic of discussion because it affected trade talks surrounding him. Would teams trade for him knowing he might miss a potential playoff series in Toronto? We may have our answer.

Several reporters indicated that if Benintendi isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19 now, he would become vaccinated later if necessary.

While that might be nice for the Yankees, it’s yet another slap in the face for the Royals. Benintendi would be the second Royals player to apparently feel playing for the Royals wasn’t worth getting the vaccine, but playing for a playoff team is.

Yankees acquire All-Star outfielder from Royals

Andrew Benintendi takes a swing

Jun 9, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) hits a double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Benintendi is back in the AL East, though this time with a new team.

The New York Yankees on Wednesday acquired Benintendi in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Royals are getting three pitchers as part of the deal: Chandler Champlain, Beck Way and TJ Sikkema.

Champlain, 23, was a 9th-round pick in last year’s draft out of USC. He is in Single-A. Way was a 4th-round pick in 2020 out of junior college. He has a 3.85 ERA in 33 career minor league starts. Sikkema was a first-round pick in 2019 and has some strong numbers in High-A ball this season. He has 54 strikeouts in 36.1 innings and a 2.48 ERA.

The trade is unsurprising considering the AL East leaders had been linked to Benintendi in rumors over the last few weeks. There was one potential hiccup in a Benintendi trade, and that has to do with potential issues playing in Toronto. That may no longer be an issue.

The 28-year-old outfielder is having his best season ever by batting average. He is batting .321 but only has a .399 slugging percentage and three home runs. The Yankees are hoping that his bat remains hot through the rest of the season. He also will provide solid defense in the outfield, and he has plenty of experience in the AL East after spending five seasons in Boston.

The acquisition comes the same week the Yankees placed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list.

Report: Yankees are ‘serious contenders’ for All-Star outfielder

Andrew Benintendi takes a swing

Jun 9, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) hits a double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees are looking to add to their offense as they sense a chance at winning the franchise’s first World Series since 2009.

The Yankees have emerged as “serious contenders” for Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi, according to Marc Feinsand of MLB.com. Benintendi is widely expected to be traded before the Aug. 2 trade deadline, with the Royals not contending and Benintendi set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Benintendi and the Yankees have been consistently linked with each other for a few weeks now. He is a good lefty bat who can take some plate appearances away from the struggling Aaron Hicks, and the prospect cost should not be too steep. The 28-year-old was a first-time All-Star in 2022, and is hitting .319 with 14 doubles on the year.

There is one significant complicating factor that the Yankees will have to take into account in any possible Benintendi trade. If they are still interested at this stage, it suggests that the organization does not see the issue as a deal-breaker.

Yankees’ Andrew Benintendi trade may be less likely for 1 key reason

Andrew Benintendi takes a swing

Jun 9, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) hits a double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Reports have indicated that the New York Yankees are interested in trading for Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi. However, a key reveal about Benintendi may make a trade less likely.

The Royals placed ten players, including Benintendi, on the restricted list Wednesday ahead of a scheduled trip to Toronto to play the Blue Jays. While not formally confirmed by the organization, the restricted list is used in this instance for players who are unvaccinated and thus are not permitted to cross the border into Canada.

If the Yankees did not know this before, learning about it could certainly give them pause. The team only has three games in Toronto following the Aug. 2 trade deadline, but it is plausible that the two teams could face each other in the playoffs. In that instance, Benintendi would not be able to make any trips to Toronto with the Yankees as long as he remains unvaccinated.

The Yankees’ reported interest in Benintendi certainly makes sense, but it comes with risks. If they make the deal, they are betting on games in Toronto not being a major issue in the postseason.

Report: Yankees have trade interest in ex-Red Sox fan favorite

Andrew Benintendi takes a swing

Jun 9, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) hits a double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have been the best team in baseball through the first half of the season, but they are still exploring ways to improve ahead of the trade deadline. One of the players they have interest in is a former rival.

The Yankees have had discussions about potentially acquiring Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi, according to Dean Martin and Jon Heyman of the New York Post. So far, the price has been more than they are willing to pay.

Benintendi will be a free agent after the season, so any team that acquired him would run the risk of him being a half-year rental. Still, the Royals are said to be seeking at least one-high level prospect in return for the 28-year-old.

Benintendi began his career with the Boston Red Sox and was a fan favorite for several years there. He hit .290 and appeared in 148 games while playing a key role on Boston’s 2018 World Series champion team. Benintendi is batting .317 with three home runs, 34 RBI and a career-high .387 on-base percentage in 82 games this season.

In addition to being an above-average hitter, Benintendi also won a Gold Glove Award last season. He would be a great addition to the Yankees’ outfield if they are able to work out a deal with Kansas City.

Video: Andrew Benintendi costs Royals three runs with mistake in KC debut

Andrew Benintendi error

Andrew Benintendi’s Kansas City Royals career did not get off to the best start on Thursday.

Benintendi, who was acquired in a 3-team trade involving Boston, started in left field for Kansas City’s Opening Day game against the Texas Rangers. Texas’ first seven batters reached base as part of a five-run first.

They were up 1-0 with the bases loaded when Nate Lowe struck a ball to left field in the top of the first. Benintendi tried to make the diving catch for a super play, but the ball went past him for a bases-clearing double. That put Texas up 4-0.

Outfielders have a choice to make whether they will try to make the spectacular catch or play things safely and give up the base in exchange for limiting damage. Benintendi chose wrong in that instance, though he was not officially charged with an error.

Luckily for him, the game turned into a slugfest that KC won 14-10.

Andrew Benintendi on Red Sox investigation: ‘We know we didn’t do anything’

Andrew Benintendi catch

Major League Baseball is likely nearing the end of its investigation into allegations that the Boston Red Sox illegally stole signs during their World Series season in 2018, and you can count Andrew Benintendi among the players who are confident the findings will be nothing like what we saw with the Houston Astros.

Benintendi was asked about MLB’s ongoing investigation on Thursday, and he said he doesn’t expect any surprises when it is complete. The outfielder said Red Sox players “know we didn’t do anything.”

It would stand to reason that the Red Sox would have a decent idea by now if MLB uncovered anything they should be worried about. The easiest way for players to make themselves look bad is to be caught in a blatant lie, and slugger JD Martinez also said recently that he is confident the investigation will exonerate the Red Sox. General manager Chaim Bloom, who was not with the team in 2018, told WEEI’s “Greg Hill Morning Show” on Thursday that has no reason to believe MLB will uncover any evidence of cheating.

“What I will say is I don’t have any reason to think anything went on,” Bloom said. “Again, I’m careful what I say because I do want to respect the investigation. We have to respect it.”

A recent report claimed whatever the Red Sox were doing was not as bad as the elaborate sign-stealing that went on in Houston. Boston has been accused of illegally using the video replay room to help steal signs, but you would have to think the confidence radiating from Red Sox players means something — especially when you consider how bad the Astros have made themselves look.

Former Astros manager AJ Hinch made some extremely arrogant remarks when the New York Yankees accused his team of cheating during the playoffs last year, but that was before he knew Houston would be investigated. Benintendi and others know MLB is digging to find whatever it can, yet they still seem confident nothing will come of the investigation.

Watch: Andrew Benintendi’s Pesky Pole homer was ridiculous

Andrew Benintendi

Fenway Park is probably the quirkiest ballpark in all of baseball, and Andrew Benintendi offered a reminder of why on Saturday.

In the second inning of their game against the rival New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox outfielder hit one of the more interesting home runs of the season. Benintendi, a left-handed hitter, pulled a ball just barely inside of Fenway’s famous Pesky Pole in right for a whimper of a dinger at 310 feet.

Even more ridiculous: the homer had an exit velocity of 87.7 mph and an xBA (expected batting average) of just .010, Seth Rothman of YES Network.

Fluke or not, the homer was Benintendi’s ninth of the year and counts for just as many runs as it would have had he blasted it 470 to dead center instead. It’s definitely not the first time Pesky Pole has worked in Boston’s favor either.