It’s time for the Yankees to pull the trigger on a Miguel Andujar trade before all his trade value is gone.
Andujar played in 149 games as a rookie in 2018 and took over as the Yankees starting third basemen. He slashed an impressive .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI’s and 170 hits. He finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting only behind Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani.
It appeared the Yankees had their franchise third basemen in the Dominican Republic native, but in 2019 the injury bug hit.
After 12 games that saw Andujar slash just .128/.143/.128, the infielder was shut down for the season with a partial glenoid labrum tear that required season-ending surgery.
While Andujar watched from afar, Gio Urshela emerged as a star at third base. Urshela slashed .314/.355/.534 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI’s while flashing one of the best gloves in baseball.
With that, Andujar entered spring training in 2020, knowing his injury cost him the third base job. The Yankees attempted moving the 25-year-old to play both left field and first base in an attempt to keep his bat in the lineup, but so far in 2020, he has struggled mightily with both the glove and bat
In eight games, he is slashing just .095/.136/.095 with no home runs or RBI’s. Of those eight games, Andujar has made five starts in left field that have seen him post a less than impressive .667% fielding percentage with one error. Friday, he was optioned to the Yankees alternate training site for the second time this season.
With the third base job lost, struggles with the bat and a spot in the teams’ future plans in question, it’s time for the Yankees to trade the former rookie of the year finalist.
Andujar has reportedly generated trade interest in the past from teams such as Brewers, Mets, Pirates and Tigers, thus he still likely has trade value.
With the Yankees having a clear need for another starting pitcher or bullpen arm, Andujar is the perfect trade chip. Despite his struggles, he’s a player who can play multiple positions and has a bat that once hit near .300 at the big league level.
This should lead to a team taking a chance on him, hoping that bat remerges with a change of scenery. Whether it’s for a pitcher or not, it’s time for the Yankees to trade Andujar, allow him to get a fresh start and give more playing time to players such as Clint Frazier, Mike Tauchman and Thairo Estrada off the bench.