3 Yankees who won’t be back next season and where they’ll go

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
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New York Yankees, Andrew Benintendi
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 28: Andrew Benintendi #18 of the New York Yankees looks on from the on-deck circle against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 28, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

2) Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi – Atlanta Braves

Andrew Benintendi was acquired by the Yankees at the right before the trade deadline to replace Joey Gallo, who had been absolutely atrocious at the plate. New York ended up trading Gallo to the Dodgers after getting Benintendi. However, the Yankees caught a bad break (no pun intended) when Benintendi suffered a fractured hand, ending his season after September 2.

For the Yankees, they have a few other options to turn to in left field. Next year, they could use Oswaldo Cabrera, Estevan Florial, or another one of their prospects out there. They also could decide to trade for someone or sign someone else to play out there.

A team that could use Benintendi, who will be entering his age-28 season, is the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have Michael Harris II and Ronald Acuña Jr. in center and right field but left field is more of question mark. Marcell Ozuna was not good in 2022 and was primarily a DH. Their other option is Eddie Rosario, who also wasn’t very good and he also was injured for much of the season.

With Benintendi, he would provide them with someone that could be a better option in left field and be a top-of-the-order bat for them.