Yankees: Players Who Were Saved With 2020 Trade Deadline Unlikely

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2. Miguel Andujar

Miguel Andujar #41 of the New York Yankees stands in the dugout.
Miguel Andujar #41 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Miguel Andujar was ready to jump into 2020 and get back on track after a season-ending shoulder injury derailed his 2019 campaign and paved the way for Gio Urshela to burst onto the scene. Unfortunately, Urshela’s glove at the hot corner made Papa Andujar a bit expendable, so the Yankees were ready to move the young slugger to first base as well as the corner outfield spots. He was expected to get a ton of playing time at the onset of the year (because of the slew of aforementioned injuries) and would’ve been crucial in rebuilding his value and proving himself to the Yankees or another team looking for young talent at the trade deadline. If Andujar got his bat back on track and proved he could be versatile on the defensive end, there’s no doubt teams would have been calling at the deadline once the Yankees got back to full strength as players returned from injury. It’s really disheartening to think about, but the 25-year-old has truly become an afterthought among fans despite slashing .297/.328/.527 with 83 runs scored, 27 home runs and 92 RBI his rookie season, in which he finished second in the ROY voting.