Yankees Acquire Andrew Benintendi
More Trades to Come?
Shortly after the New York Yankees lost the Subway Series to the New York Mets, word broke out that they traded for Andrew Benintendi of the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees acquired Benintendi for 3 lower level pitching prospects in the minor leagues in Beck Way, TJ Sikemma, and Chandler Champlain. Way was ranked number 19, Sikemma number 21, and Champlain was unranked in the Yankees system. There are many things to like about this acquisition.
Benintendi was an all star this season and came into his Yankees debut with a 320 batting average which is great. Benintendi has good speed, plays solid defense, and has good numbers with runners in scoring position with a 295 batting average. Benintendi is also a former Boston Red Sox who knows how to play in Yankee Stadium. The concern with Benintendi is his lack of power this year. However, his lefty bat with the short porch at Yankee Stadium could be a big help to fix that issue. Benintendi is also currently unvaccinated against Covid-19 which means he cannot play road games in Toronto if he remains this way. The Yankees have one more series in Toronto at the end of September but there is always that possibility they could face them in the playoffs. In his introductory press conference, Benintendi said he’s open minded and not against getting the vaccine so we’ll see what happens there. Benintendi is also a nice upgrade over Joey Gallo who the Yankees traded for a year ago. Gallo unfortunately didn’t work out in New York and will probably be traded in the next few days. Benintendi is a solid start to the trade deadline for the Yankees, but he can’t be the only move they make.
The Yankees have overall been struggling in July and need some reinforcements to upgrade the roster. The Yankees already added a solid bat for the outfield but need to bolster the pitching staff and maybe need another bat as well. In the starting rotation, Luis Severino is nursing an injury and there are trust issues with Jameson Taillon. Going after guys like Luis Castillo of the Reds, Frankie Montas of the A’s, or Pablo Lopez of the Marlins make a lot of sense as pitchers to go after. The Yankees could also go after Willson Contreras of the Cubs as another solid bat to upgrade the catcher position in an offensive standpoint. Juan Soto of the Nationals and Shohei Ohtani of the Angels would be dream additions but it seems unlikely the Yankees would give up the insane asking price for either at this time. The Yankees could also use bullpen upgrades due to injuries to Michael King and Miguel Castro and ineffectiveness from Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Loaisiga. Some options to consider are David Robertson of the Cubs, Andrew Chafin of the Tigers, Zach Pop of the Marlins, etc…
The bottom line is, the Yankees have a legitimate chance of winning their 28th World Series title this season and need to do everything they can to put the best possible team on the field in the playoffs. This isn’t the time to prospect hug and cheap out. General manager Brian Cashman needs to push all his chips in by the time of the trade deadline on August 2nd at 6:00 pm et. Benintendi was a good start but I need to see more. This is the year to go for it all.