Yankees acquire Andrew Benintendi from Royals for three minor-league pitchers

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The Yankees got walked off on to end the Subway Series Wednesday, but they made a big splash in the trade market moments afterwards.

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As broken by Jack Curry during YES’ postgame show and confirmed by the team soon after, the Yankees have acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Royals for three minor-league pitchers: RHPs Beck Way and Chandler Champlain and LHP T.J. Sikkema.

None of those three are on the 40-man roster, so the Yankees will have to make corresponding moves on both that and the 26-man roster when they activate Benintendi.

Benintendi, 28, is a true rental who will cost the Yankees about $1.5 dollars – the Red Sox are paying $2.8 million of his $6.6 million salary for the season, so he will cost the Yankees a little more than one-third of the remaining $3.8 million.

The former Red Sox outfielder entered Wednesday hitting a career-best .321 with a .788 OPS, three home runs, and 39 RBI in 92 games, and was named an All-Star for the first time earlier this month.

There were reports about whether or not Benintendi's vaccination status would scare off clubs - he was one of several Royals who was unvaccinated and not allowed to go to Toronto recently - but there is belief that he will become vaccinated as necessary for the Yankees' late-season and postseason run.

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