Boston – In early June, companion man Miguel Andujar asked the Yankees to trade him after they told him they would bring him back to Triple-A.
It did not.
General Manager Brian Cashman explained why before the Yankees faced the Red Sox at Fenway Park Thursday night.
“I am not at all looking to trade with someone because they are asking to be traded,” he told reporters. “He’s a member of this organization and someone we value and benefit from. But obviously if something made sense, we’d do something. But, obviously, at this point, we feel it’s more valuable to us than doing anything that’s been offered to me up to this point. stage anyway.”
Andugar’s frustration is understandable.
Since injuring his shoulder and playing only 12 games in 2019, he hasn’t had much opportunity to build on his debut. In 2018, Andujar came out of nowhere to score 27 for 92 RBI and .855 OPS in 149 third base games, finishing second in the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as Player of the Year.
Then again, Andujar didn’t exactly tear up the major league show. From 2020 to 2022, he hits just 0.249 with seven lucky catches, 21 RBI and 0.638 OPS in 80 games while learning left field, right field and first to increase his versatility. He is also considered a poor third-party defender.
Andujar has played in 14 games for the Yankees this season. In Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Andujar hit 0.316 with seven homeowners, 27 RBI and 0.848 OPS in 45 games.
However, it is likely that the Yankees will trade in Andujar soon. The deadline is August 2, and the Yankees can turn Andujar in an effort to improve the staff or outside corners. It seems unlikely that he will take an extended look at the majors.
A week ago, Andugar spoke to reporters about his commercial application.
“I enjoy playing baseball,” he said. “I have played this game for a long time. I want to play at this level. The minute details of the conversation, I will keep it private.”
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