MLB rumors: 3 Andrew Benintendi backup plans the Yankees should trade for

CHICAGO, IL – JULY 12: Ian Happ #8 of the Chicago Cubs hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field on July 12, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Andrew Benintendi is now highly unlikely to be traded to the New York Yankees. Here are three other alternatives to Benintendi to trade for.

The New York Yankees are the best team in baseball. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have weaknesses. One of them is left field. As Jomboy noted on Twitter on Thursday, Joey Gallo has four hits on the last 129 pitches in the zone. That is even more because he hasn’t recorded a hit since then.

In fact, he has four hits in his last 55 at-bats (his last 21 games), for a batting average of .073.

He’s a good defensive outfielder but he cannot hit well.

One possible replacement was Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi. However, since the All-Star is not vaccinated and would not be able to travel to Canada to face the Blue Jays, the chances that the Yankees will trade for him have plummeted.

Instead, here are three replacements the Yankees should trade for instead of Andrew Benintendi.

Yankees backup trade targets for Benintendi: Cubs outfielder Ian Happ

The New York Yankees need more switch-hitters and/or left-handed hitters already so if Joey Gallo is out of the picture (completely or on the bench), the need would be further exacerbated. Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is a switch-hitter so he would address the issue, help them in left field, and he would be more than a rental.

Happ is an All-Star for the first time this season after hitting .280/.373/.456 with an OPS+ of 132, nine home runs, 41 RBI, and 23 doubles in 87 games.

He is contracted through next season so he could play left field (or center field) next season as well.

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