Saturday, January 28, 2023

Benintendi secures $75 million contract with White Sox

CHICAGO ( Associated Press) – All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $75 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

The source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that this is pending the player passes a physical to complete the deal.

Benintendi, 28, helped lead Boston to the World Series in 2018. The outfielder won a Gold Glove with Kansas City in 2021 and was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time last season before the Royals traded him on July 27. new York Yankees.

He hit a career-high .304 in 126 games, though his home run rate dropped from 17 in 2021 to five in 2022.

With the Yankees, Benintendi posted a .254 ERA in 33 games and missed the postseason with a broken right wrist.

“Benny came in and fit perfectly, of course he got hurt and it cut his season short, especially as he was starting to play well for us,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“Whatever the end, if it’s true, it’s about a great player and a great partner.”

Benintendi has a .279 batting average and 73 home runs in seven seasons with Boston, Kansas City and New York.

It would be under the direction of new White Sox manager Pedro Grifol, who replaced Hall of Famer Tony La Russa. Grifol held various coaching responsibilities with Kansas City.

Chicago is trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season that saw the team finish 81-81 and 11 games behind Cleveland, which surprised by winning the AL Central.

The White Sox had two consecutive seasons and won the division title in 2021.

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