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White Sox and All-Star outfielder agree to five-year, $75 million contract: reports


The Chicago White Sox were arguably Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointment last season, but a big move on Friday shows they are trying to get back to their 2021 form.

The Southsiders and outfielder Andrew Benintendi have agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract, according to multiple reports.

The White Sox were poised to take the next step in 2022 after winning the AL Central in 2021 with their 93-69 record, but finished 2022 with an 81-81 record.

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Andrew Benintendi of the New York Yankees in the dugout during a game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on August 26, 2022 in Oakland, California.
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They lost Jose Abreu to the Houston Astros in free agency last month, but when Benintendi’s signing becomes official, it will be the largest contract ever awarded by the White Sox.

Benintendi earned his first All-Star nomination last season as a member of the Kansas City Royals. He was hitting .320 when he was traded to the New York Yankees, but suffered a hamate fracture in early September and missed the rest of the season.

New York Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi, center, leaves a game with the help of Yankees coach, left, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone, during a game against the Tampa Rays Bay on September 2, 2022 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.  Florida

New York Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi, center, leaves a game with the help of Yankees coach, left, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone, during a game against the Tampa Rays Bay on September 2, 2022 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Florida
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The Yankees had shown interest in bringing Benintendi back, but were reportedly unwilling to match Chicago’s offer.

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Benintendi is a .279 career hitter and finished with a .304 average last season. He won his first Gold Glove in 2021. Benintendi’s batting average was the ninth-best mark in the MLB last season, and he has one of the best strikeout rates in the league. His career .351 on-base percentage will put him atop Chicago’s lineup.

The 28-year-old will join an outfield of Luis Robert in center and Gavin Sheets on the right, with Eloy Jimenez primarily at DH and Gavin Sheets filling in for Abreu early on.

Andrew Benintendi of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a fly ball during the ninth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on July 28, 2022 in New York.

Andrew Benintendi of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a fly ball during the ninth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on July 28, 2022 in New York.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Despite a disappointing 2022, the Sox still have a young core of Robert, Jiménez, Vaughn, Tim Anderson and Yoán Moncada. They hired Pedro Grifol to be their coach in November.

Benintendi spent his first five seasons with the Boston Red Sox, winning a World Series with them in 2018.



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