Aaron Judge thrilled with Yankees trade to Andrew Benintendi

The sting of a 0-for-5 night and the Subway Series loss was somewhat eased for Aaron Judge by news of the Yankees’ latest acquisition.

Judge was glowing in his praise after the Yankees landed All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for three minor league pitchers.

“He’s a really good player,” Judge, who blocked five runners and struck out three against the Mets, said of Benintendi. “I had the chance to play against him for several years when he was playing in Boston. I saw a lot of impressive things. … He will definitely be an important part of what we have here.

Benintendi played for the Red Sox from 2016 to 2020 and was a member of the 2018 World Series champions who beat the Yankees in four games in the ALDS.

After a rare off-game in which the MVP candidate blocked five runners on base and struck out three, Judge was surprisingly all smiles in the visitors' clubhouse.
After a rare off-game in which the MVP candidate blocked five runners on base and struck out three, Judge was surprisingly all smiles in the visitors’ clubhouse.
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For Judge, it’s the dependable left-handed outfielder’s bat that stands out the most.

“The bat-to-ball skills, the speed, always works well at bats and then if you’re not too careful he can leave you the court. I’ve seen it many times at Yankee Stadium,” Judge said. “He’s just a complete player, that’s for sure.”

Benintendi is having a stellar season in Kansas City, going .320/.387/.432 in 93 games. While his power and batting leave much to be desired – the 28-year-old has three home runs and a career-low 4.4% barrel rate – Benintendi sports elite bat-to-ball skills and will help balance the Yankees. powerful range.

Benintendi is currently in the middle of the best season of his Kansas City career, with a slash of .320/.387/.432 in 93 games.
Benintendi is currently in the middle of the best season of his Kansas City career, with a slash of .320/.387/.432 in 93 games.
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The addition of Benintendi is a much-needed boost for the Yankees, who struggled in July after dominating the start of the season atop the AL East. Their 3-2 loss to the Mets on Wednesday marked their 10th loss in 15 games.

“I think adding a guy like that would definitely give us some energy,” Judge said. “I think he’s going to fit in perfectly.”

The move is the Yankees’ first big splash of MLB trade limit week, but likely not the last. The club also had its eye on other difference makers, such as starting pitchers Frankie Montas and Luis Castillo.

As for Benintendi, his first time donning the stripes will likely come up against a familiar foe — the Royals and Yankees begin a four-game series Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

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