NEW YORK — It was round this time final 12 months that pinging sound results and glowing screens crammed a constitution flight from Tampa to Miami, gossip filtering all through the cabin that the Yankees had been buying Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. The transfer offered a welcome spark, prompting celebration within the aisles.
Rizzo and his teammates had been in a pin-drop silent visiting clubhouse at Citi Field on Wednesday night once they realized of one other deal within the works, one which they hope will equally enhance their postseason possibilities. Shortly after a 3-2 loss to the Mets, the Yanks finalized a weeks-in-the-making swap with the Royals for outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
Yankees get: OF Andrew Benintendi
Royals get: RHP Chandler Champlain, LHP TJ Sikkema and RHP Beck Way
“He’s a very good participant,” outfielder Aaron Judge stated. “I’ve had an opportunity to play in opposition to him for fairly just a few years when he was taking part in over in Boston. I’ve seen him do numerous spectacular issues. So if that is true, it will be positively an enormous piece to what we have got happening right here.”
In the deal, confirmed by each golf equipment later within the night, the Yankees despatched three pitching prospects to Kansas City in change for the 28-year-old Benintendi: right-hander Chandler Champlain, left-hander TJ Sikkema and right-hander Beck Way .
Benintendi’s acquisition helped boring the sting of a walk-off loss to the Mets, when Starling Marte’s hit off Wandy Peralta sealed a two-game Subway Series sweep.
“He’s a very good participant in the course of an All-Star season,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated. “He’s bought a observe file of success with the  Red Sox championship run. Obviously he was a very good participant for them, however he is placing collectively a very good 12 months for the Royals proper now.”
Silenced by birthday boy Max Scherzer over seven innings, Gleyber Torres’ two-run homer off David Peterson accounted for the Yanks’ offense on Wednesday, as New York went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring place over the 2 video games in Queens.
Boone stated he believes the left-handed-hitting Benintendi, an American League All-Star this season, will help improve an already formidable order.
“It’s faux information that we have got too many energy hitters within the lineup, too many sluggers,” Boone stated. “We’ve bought savages within the lineup, actually good hitters. Benintendi is a good hitter, will get on base at a very excessive clip, hits from the left aspect that offers you some steadiness. … I’ll be excited to write his identify.”
In 93 video games this season, Benintendi has hit .320/.387/.398 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 39 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Benintendi’s 34 multi-hit video games rank first within the American League, whereas he’s third in batting common, tied for second in hits (111) and sixth in on-base proportion.
“Dog days of summer time, we have been grinding it out for some time, then you definitely add a chunk like that,” Judge stated. “A man that is been hitting effectively over .300 all 12 months, taking part in nice protection and being type of a sparkplug over there in Kansas City. Anytime you convey him into the kind of tradition we have got, it is all the time a plus and a lift of vitality.”
Benintendi was within the headlines just lately for non-baseball causes, as he was amongst a bunch of Royals unable to journey to Toronto as a result of he had not been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. The Yankees have one regular-season collection remaining in Toronto (Sept. 26-28); the New York Post reported on Wednesday that Benintendi has instructed folks shut to him that he would obtain the vaccine.
A 2021 Gold Glover who has performed seven huge league seasons with the Red Sox (2016-20) and Royals (2021-22), Benintendi has made 88 begins in left area this season, not committing an error in 164 whole possibilities.
His arrival may create an outfield alignment of Benintendi within the left area, Judge within the heart area and a mixture of Aaron Hicks and Matt Carpenter in the correct area, not less than till Giancarlo Stanton returns from the injured listing.
Benintendi’s acquisition additionally seemingly spells the looming finish of Joey Gallo’s time in a Yankees uniform; Gallo is batting .161 (37-for-230) with 103 strikeouts in 80 video games, having final been used as a pinch-hitter within the eighth inning on Tuesday in opposition to Mets nearer Edwin Díaz.
Wednesday’s loss was the Yankees’ twelfth in 22 video games this month, and so they now have the Majors’ second-best file at 66-33 (the Dodgers are 65-32).
“We’re nonetheless top-of-the-line groups within the recreation, so I would not actually choose our season after a few weeks,” Judge stated. “But I believe including a man like [Benintendi] will certainly give us a bit pump up, that is for certain. I believe he is going to match proper in.”