MLB: Andrew Benintendi joins the White Sox for five seasons

Andrew Benintendi has agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Benintendi, 28, played 126 games split between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees last season. He hit a .304 batting average with five home runs and 51 RBIs.

Acquired by the Yankees at the trade deadline in July, Benintendi was a highly sought after item at the trade deadline and was rumored to be of great interest to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the seventh overall pick in the June 2015 MLB Entry Draft, he made his Boston debut in the 2016 season.

The Royals acquired Benintendi in February 2021 in exchange for Franchy Cordero, Luis De La Rosa and Grant Gambrell.

In 745 career games, the Cincinnati, OH native hit .279 with 73 home runs and 384 RBIs. He won a Gold Glove for his left-field defensive play, and he won the 2018 World Series with the Red Sox.

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