Andrew Benintendi, the newly acquired outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, is set to make his second appearance with the team in the second game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. After signing a five-year, $75 million deal with the White Sox this week, Benintendi is looking forward to making an impact on his new team.
Benintendi’s Career So Far
Benintendi was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and made his major league debut in 2016. During his time with Boston, he earned two All-Star selections and won a World Series title in 2018. In 2020, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals before being traded again to the New York Yankees later that season. After spending one year with the Yankees, Benintendi signed with Chicago this offseason.
The White Sox Lineup
The White Sox lineup has been bolstered by several key additions this offseason, including Adam Eaton and Yasmani Grandal. With Benintendi now in left field, manager Tony La Russa believes that they have all of the pieces necessary to compete for a championship this season. “We feel like we have a complete team,” La Russa said at Wednesday’s press conference introducing Benintendi. “We’ve got power hitters and speedsters up and down our lineup.”
What To Expect From Benintendi
Benintendi is expected to provide some much-needed offense for Chicago’s lineup. He hit .266/.343/.431 last season with 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 60 games for New York. He also brings some much-needed left-handed hitting to a predominantly right-handed lineup. “I’m excited about what I can bring,” said Benintendi after Wednesday’s press conference. “I think I can be an important part of this team.”
With spring training winding down and Opening Day just around the corner, expectations are high for Andrew Benintendi and the rest of the White Sox roster as they look ahead to 2021. It will be interesting to see how well he adjusts to playing in Chicago and if he can help lead them back into contention this season.