Andrew Benintendi Trade: Yankees Reportedly Beat Out These Three Teams

You might be surprised to see Toronto on the list

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July 28, 2022

The New York Yankees reportedly had some competition while building a trade package for Andrew Benintendi, including one potential suitor who might come as a surprise.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday night — after the Yankees acquired Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals for three pitching prospects — that the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers also were “in the mix” for the All-Star outfielder.

The Blue Jays obviously are the most notable team there. Because not only do they share a division with the Yankees, winners of the Benintendi sweepstakes. They also evidently were confident enough in Benintendi’s willingness to get vaccinated to continue pursuing the 28-year-old.

The Royals placed Benintendi on the restricted list before a recent series in Toronto, an indication he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and therefore could not travel north of the border. At the time, it was reported the Yankees might be dissuaded from pursuing Benintendi, as New York has regular-season games remaining in Toronto and could end up facing the Blue Jays in the postseason.

But Rosenthal and Jayson Stark of The Athletic heard Benintendi’s vaccination status wasn’t discussed before the Yankees agreed to send three pitching prospects to the Royals. And the New York Post’s Jon Heyman reported Wednesday night that Benintendi told people he will get vaccinated.

All told, the Yankees improved their outfield by acquiring Benintendi, a good contact hitter with solid on-base skills and the potential for more power in the Bronx. He’s also a decent enough defender that New York shouldn’t be hindered in that regard by plugging him in for the struggling Joey Gallo.

The Royals, meanwhile, acquire three arms with upside: right-handers Beck Way and Chandler Champlain and left-hander T.J. Sikkema. Kansas City probably would’ve lost Benintendi to free agency this offseason, anyway, so it was only a matter of time before the Royals shipped him away leading up to the Aug. 2 Major League Baseball trade deadline.

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