The New York Yankees need a left fielder and were considered among the favorites to re-sign Andrew Benintendi.
They had him last year after acquiring him from the Kansas City Royals.
The Chicago White Sox, however, surprised them and secured their services to a five-year contract.
“Andrew Benintendi’s deal with the Chicago White Sox is for five years and $75 million, sources have told ESPN,” MLB insider Jeff Passan tweeted.
Andrew Benintendi’s contract with the Chicago White Sox is for five years and $75 million, sources told ESPN.
—Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2022
That’s probably more than the Yankees were comfortable paying for Benintendi after shelling out $162 million for Carlos Rodon on Thursday night.
Still, it leaves the Yankees with a huge hole in left field and pretty much forces them to go to the trade market for Bryan Reynolds, or bring in a guy like Michael Brantley via free agency.
The White Sox still need more to challenge the Guardians
As for the White Sox, they needed their fans to know that they are actually trying to consistently win baseball games on the South Side.
Yes, signing Clevinger to the rotation was a nice addition, but not enough to move the needle on a team that finished 81-81 and 11 games out of first place last season.
Benintendi, who slashed .304/.373/.399 with 122 wRC+ and 2.8 wins above replacement (WAR) last season, will bolster an outfield that also includes Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, and potentially Gavin Sheets.
He’s not a slugger: his career high for home runs is 20 and he only hit five last year.
However, he is a great all-around hitter with some pop and excellent contact skills.
He’s a good guy for any lineup.
The White Sox are slowly building a better team than last year, but there’s still work to be done if they’re going to catch the Cleveland Rangers.
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