For all of the Yankees fans who have been wondering: Is there any truth to the rumors that general manager Brian Cashman has Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi in his sights as the Aug. 2 trade deadline approaches, we have an answer.
In addition to raking at the plate, Benintendi won a Gold Glove Award last season. He was runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year in 2017 (to the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge) and helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 World Series. According to Spotrac, Benintendi will be a free agent after the season.
But — and there’s almost always a but when it comes to trade rumors — the Benintendi price tag (rising with each passing day) might be too high, especially for a team that is running away with the AL East, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, who writes:
They have held acquiring Royals outfielder Andrew Benindi (and likely other availablefielders) while also out discussions with other teams about dealing away Joey Gallo, sources told The Post.
The Yankees so far have found the price tag too high on Benintendi, a good contact hitter and former Gold Glove winner who was part of the 2018 Red Sox’s World Series-winning team.
Like most teams, it is believed the Royals have started out by seeking at least one good prospect for Benintendi, who will be a free agent after the year.
The Yankees in an enviable position as are a dominant team on a record pace, and Matt Carpenter’s recent emergence as an offensive force with an ability to play some outfield has diminished the need to make drastic changes.
Heyman also reports that there is interest in Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo, who has been a bust since he was acquired at last season’s trade deadline. The best hopes for a Gallo trade, Heyman writes, “could be teams run by his former Rangers bosses.” He adds:
The Padres and Rangers are thought willing to consider Gallo at some price, but obviously a much lower price than the Yankees paid a year ago. Both the Padres, whose general manager, AJ Preller was a Rangers executive and knows Gallo well, and the Rangers could use an outfielder. The Padres are in the thick of the NL playoff, and while Texas is only on the cusp of the AL race, it has seemed race more interested in buying than selling to this point.
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