3. Miguel Andújar
If you declared, at the tail end of the 2018 season, that Miguel Andújar wouldn’t be a piece of the Yankees future, we would’ve begrudgingly believed you.
After all, we’d all heard the noise.
He was a doubles machine at third base who couldn’t effectively play the position. According to some metrics, his defense undid his offense that year, which couldn’t be right, but clearly was. He was a second-place Rookie of the Year finisher for a reason, but he was no Shohei Ohtani.
If you declared, though, that he would’ve been essentially exiled from the Yankees’ future as soon as April 2019, we wouldn’t have believed that, though.
Oh, the Bombers sold high in trade? Annoying for continuity purposes, but we get it — oh, they didn’t? He just got hurt, was replaced by Gio Urshela, then spent three years trying to invent “positionless baseball” while arguing with higher-ups via his agent from the Scranton Shuttle?
Oh, boy. No thanks.
Andújar briefly got a semblance of his helicopter swing back in Summer 2021, but was also a prime indicator of the Yankees’ problems that season, playing left field in a clunky metaphor for outgrowing your surroundings.
His .253 average was an improvement last season. His -0.3 WAR, six homers, .284 OBP and 82 OPS+ were not. Still surprised he was tendered a contract in the first place, considering he hasn’t done anything to improve his value since Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS ended that Yankees season.