Yankees’ Andrew Benintendi trade means end for Joey Gallo in NY

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NEW YORK — Twenty minutes after the Yankees lost the second game of the Subway Series at Citi Field on Wednesday night, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reported that the Yankees were acquiring Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi in exchange for minor league pitchers Beck Way, Chandler Champlain and T.J. Sikkema.

Apologies to the Mets and Daniel Vogelbach, but the Benintendi deal is the first big move of the season and comes with less than a week to go before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Benintendi, an All-Star for the first time this year, won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2018, one year after finishing second to Aaron Judge in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.

“I’m not sure if anything is official, but he’s obviously a really good player in the middle of an All-Star season,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said in his postgame press conference moments after the news broke. “If we get him, I’ll be excited to write his name in the lineup.”

The trade was not yet official at the time of Boone’s press conference, but rest assured he will get the chance to pencil in Benintendi right away. Coincidentally, the outfielder was already going to be in the Bronx anyway; the Royals begin a four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday. Benintendi will be in the other dugout.

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