All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi of the Kansas City Royals has been traded to the New York Yankees (66-33). This has been a relatively quiet trade season, and the Yankees were the first to make a significant move.
In his seventh season in the majors, Benintendi is having the best season of his career. In 93 games he has a .320 batting average, .398 SLG and .785 OPS on 111 hits, 39 walks and 39 RBIs. With his success, he made it to his first ever All-Star game this season. He is also coming off a Gold Glove season in 2021.
He is no stranger to the American League East as he spent his first five seasons with the Boston Red Sox. His history with this division should give him a bit of an edge in assisting this team.
This is an important move for the Yankees who recently had to put All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with Achilles tendinitis. Stanton has had injury issues during his entire time with the Yankees. Bringing on Benintendi adds a lot to their outfield depth.
In return, the Yankees sent three minor league pitchers including Beck Way, Chandler Champlain and T.J. Sikkema to Kansas City. The Royals have been in a rebuilding stage for several years now. It will help them a lot in the coming seasons to have solid pitching to develop.
Look for the Yankees to be an even more potent team offensively and defensively with this solid addition of Andrew Benintendi to an already amazing outfield.
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