Andrew Benintendi Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 9" / 180 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/6/1994 (28)
Andrew Benintendi Season Stats
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Andrew Benintendi News
The Chicago White Sox and free agent outfielder Andrew Benintendi finalized a five-year, $75 million deal Tuesday that includes a $3 million signing bonus, per MLB.com's Scott Merkin. The deal represents the largest guaranteed contract given out in franchise history. The 28-year-old will provide defensive stability in the White Sox's outfield as well as a solid bat, as he slashed .304/.373/.399 with five home runs, 51 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 521 plate appearances in 2022 with the Royals and Yankees. Benintendi's strong plate discipline and speed are fantasy assets, although his lack of power limits his fantasy upside.
The Chicago White Sox and free-agent outfielder Andrew Benintendi agreed to a five-year deal worth $75 million on Friday. Benintendi began the 2022 season playing for the Kansas City Royals, but he was acquired by the New York Yankees after 93 games and played in 33 games in the Bronx before his season ended prematurely due to a wrist injury. He was named an All-Star last year for the first time and finished with a .304/.373/.399 slash line, five home runs, 51 RBI, 54 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 521 combined plate appearances over 126 games. The 28-year-old should no longer be considered a threat for a 20-20 season, but he could be a nice source of average, on-base percentage and runs scored in a dangerous White Sox lineup in the years to come. Benintendi will certainly be a boost to Chicago's injury-prone outfield.
The Houston Astros are interested in free-agent outfielders Michael Conforto and Andrew Benintendi as potential options to play left field, per MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Both are left-handed hitters and would complement the host of right-handed hitters in the Astros' current lineup. Conforto did not play in 2022 due to shoulder surgery, but he compiled a .255/.356/.468 slash line in seven seasons with the New York Mets. Benintendi had a decent season with the Royals and Yankees, slashing .304/.373/.399 with five home runs, 51 RBI and eight steals. While neither offers a ton of upside from a fantasy perspective, either player's value would certainly be higher if they held an everyday role in the Astros' lineup.
Andrew Benintendi posted a career year in 2022, hitting .304/.373/.399 with five long balls in a campaign split between the Royals and Yankees. He somehow hoodwinked the White Sox into thinking that was his baseline talent level, but fantasy managers have thankfully been more discerning if his ADP of 235.74 is any indication. Benintendi's surface plate discipline stats were great last year with a 14.8 K% against a 10 BB%, but his underlying 85.5 Z-Contact% and 8.9 SwStr% were more good than great. Furthermore, Benintendi's contact quality was abysmal with a 3.8% HR/FB, 5.1% rate of Brls/BBE, and 92 mph average airborne exit velocity. That poor contact quality led to an xBA of .273 last year before baking in any K% regression. Benintendi went 8-for-11 on SB attempts last season, so he doesn't offer enough speed to offset his lack of power either. Benintendi is currently projected to hit second in Chicago's lineup, a role that provides some fantasy appeal in deeper formats in a Nick Markakis sort of way. Fantasy managers in shallower formats should look at alternatives with more upside even considering Benintendi's ADP.