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