The Yankees might just be better off trading the struggling Miguel Andujar.
Nothing in life is ever guaranteed, and the world of sports constantly remind us of that. Look no further than the current outlook on New York Yankees infielder Miguel Andujar.
At this point two years ago, the 25-year-old emerged as one of the brightest young stars in MLB. Across 149 games, he hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI and a whopping 47 doubles. Those numbers suggested he would be essential for the club moving forward.
That unfortunately has been anything but the case since. After shoulder surgery limited him to just 12 games last year, Andujar has endured a nightmare start to the 2020 season. For the second time this month, the Yankees optioned him to their alternate training site, which speaks volumes when you consider how many injures they’re dealing with.
It pains us to say it, but Andujar’s future with the Yankees looks the opposite of promising and the latest comments from an MLB scout further prove that a trade might be the best option for both parties.
“A change of scenery might be good because Andujar has to play every day,” the anonymous scout told NJ Advanced Media. “I just don’t think he’s going to be able to do much getting three at bats here, then sitting for four days.”
“With the type of swing that Andujar has, that type of aggressiveness, he’s got to hit every day to be able to recognize breaking balls because the breaking balls kill him. If it’s not in the zone, he’s going to chase, and he’s got no chance right now. Throw a fastball in his zone, he’ll crush it.”
Those are pretty damning words, but that’s just where we are with Andujar at this point in time. Because of the Yankees luxurious depth, he’s struggled to garner playing time this season. When he has been lucky enough to get into the lineup, he’s looked like a shell of the slugger he was in 2018.
In eight appearances, the Dominican Republic native is an egregious 2-for-21, including a 1-for-7 stretch after being recalled from his initial demotion.
His latest contribution, for lack of a better term, featured an awful strikeout as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. How much confidence do fans in the Bronx have in Miggy? As your Twitter feeds might have showed, they were calling for pretty much any other player to pinch hit in that spot.
If you told us that two years ago, when the Pinstripe faithful wanted the bat in his hands in seemingly every clutch situation, we would have laughed in your face.
The reality of the situation now is that Andujar’s struggles have him buried on the depth chart. Again, we have no joy in admitting it, but the Yankees might has well cash in on him now before his trade value completely implodes. At this rate, it certainly isn’t getting any higher.