The Chicago White Sox signed Andrew Benintendi to a five-year, $75 million contract in free agency. The New York Yankees had hoped to keep the Benintendi, but they were outbid by the White Sox in free agency.
“It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. This is where I wanted to be and where I should be,” Andrew Benintendi said in White Sox camp, via The New York Post. “It’s not something specifically where I wanted to stay in the Midwest. But as far as the teams that were interested, I think this was the best fit.”
There were rumors in the offseason that the Yankees would have a hard time re-signing Benintendi because he wanted to play in the Midwest. New York acquired Benintendi shortly before the 2022 MLB trade deadline. Benintendi played 33 games with the Yankees before a hand injury ended his season.
When Aaron Judge re-signed with the Yankees, he told the team that it should keep Benintendi, according to The New York Post's Jon Heyman. New York's inability to re-sign Benintendi is already being felt. Center fielder Harrison Bader could miss the start of the season with an oblique strain, leaving a hole in the Yankees' outfield.
Benintendi set career-highs with a .304 batting average and a .399 on-base percentage last season. He made his first All-Star team in 2022.
The White Sox are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 81-81 campaign. Chicago had made the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons.