Yankees don’t want Andrew Benintendi because he’s not vaccinated

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Kansas City Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) returns to the dugout after scoring during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (AP Photo /Ashley Landis)

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Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi was busy packing a bag adorned with the All-Star Game 2022 logo on Wednesday in the Royals clubhouse when he stopped to speak to reporters.

The next game Benintendi can play in is Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

But he will miss the Royals’ four-game series in Toronto, which begins Thursday. The Royals place Benintendi and nine of his teammates on the reserved list as they cannot play in Canada, requiring anyone entering to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Benintendi told reporters he would not answer any questions other than why he was not vaccinated.

“For me, it’s just a personal decision,” Benintendi said, “and I’ll leave it at that.”

Prior to Wednesday, Benintendi had been mentioned as a good candidate to trade before the MLB deadline next month.

The New York Daily News reported that the Yankees had “ongoing talks” with the Royals about Benintendi

But those discussions may have come to an abrupt end due to Benintendi’s vaccination status.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that the Yankees “are unlikely to continue pursuit of Andrew Benintendi since he is not vaccinated.

The Yankees play a three-game series in Toronto in September and there’s still a chance that New York could face the Blue Jays in the playoffs. That makes Benintendi, who is a free agent after the season, a little less desirable.

Although the Yankees appear to have dropped their interest in Benintendi, the New York Mets “have not ruled out a Beninese pursuit“, reported the Post.

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