Andrew Benintendi agrees to the biggest contract in White Sox history after coming to terms on five-year $75 million deal with Chicago after leaving Yankees
All-star outfielder Andrew Benintendi has come an agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a five-year $75 million contract.
The deal will give Benintendi the record for the biggest guaranteed contract in team history.
The 28-year-old played for both the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees last season, after being trade to the Bronx during the season.
Andrew Benintendi has agreed to a five-year deal with the Chicago White Sox for $75 million
Benintendi hit for an average of .304, for five home runs, and 51 RBIs over the course of last season, however his numbers saw a sharp drop off following his trade.
In his 93 games with the Royals, he hit for a .320, with three of his five homeruns, and 39 of his 51 RBIS.
Following the trade, he played in only 33 games for the Yankees after missing time with a broken wrist and only hit for .254, two homeruns, and 19 to RBIS.
The 28-year-old’s contract will come with the largest guarantee of any deal in team history
Coming off of his first all-star appearance Benintendi will replace and likely serve as an upgrade over 35-year-old AJ Pollock who served as the team’s primary left fielder before entering free agency.
While he may not single handedly transform Chicago’s offense Benintendi will fill a need for a solid hitter after the departure of first baseman Jose Abreu who signed free agent deal with the Houston Astros.
Last season Chicago finished 81-81 missing the playoffs and will likely need to pull off a few more acquisitions if the wish to improve on the second-place finish in the American League Central.