MLB trade rumours: Yankees rethink Andrew Benintendi pursuit with ineligible outfielder in Toronto

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The Major League Baseball trade deadline will come on Tuesday, August 2 of this year, just under three weeks away. Predictably, the rumor mill is starting to pick up speed as negotiations heat up across the league. As is always the case this time of year, CBS Sports will be providing updates and analysis on all the latest deals and rumors leading up to the final buzzer. Namely, below is the madness batch of Thursday’s trade deadlines.

Yankees and Mets divided on Benintendi

One of the top trade candidates of the summer, Andrew Benintendi was placed on the shortlist ahead of the Royals’ trip to Toronto to face the Blue Jays due to his unvaccinated status. The Yankees, who were previously tied to Benintendi, may now be rethinking their interest in getting him on a term deal, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

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The Yankees play three more games in Toronto this regular season, but more importantly, Benintendi would then not be available for road games if the Yankees were to face the Blue Jays in the playoffs. The goal of the New York additions will be to put them on the hump in October; not stay on the sidelines.

Heyman notes the Mets can still make a run at Benintendi. Not only will the Mets not travel to Toronto for the remainder of the regular season, but they will only face the Blue Jays in the unlikely event that both teams qualify for the World Series.

Benintendi, an impending free agent and an All-Star, has batted .317/.386/.401 so far this season.

Yankees acquire Wade

The Yankees made an acquisition Thursday, getting infielder Tyler Wade from the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later. He will report to the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.

Wade, who had spent his entire career with the Yankees until being traded west last November, was dropped outright to the minors earlier this month. As a result, he won’t take a spot on New York’s 40-man roster.

Wade hit .218 / .272 / .272 in 163 plate appearances with the Angels.

Neal T. Doss