New York Yankees players we're glad to see gone: Miguel Andújar
Long before Estevan Florial was sent into the DFA waters and returned, there was Miguel Andújar, the last hit-too-forward Yankees prospect who was unable to live up to his considerable hype (and who the Yankees held too long).
Unlike Florial, Andújar did have a big-league resumé, a 2018 season where he finished second in the Rookie of the Year balloting to Shohei Ohtani, but a campaign where many agreed he probably needed to be traded, considering he remained positionless. Remember his Fenway error? Don't.
And so, the Yankees held him and held him and held him as he rehabbed from his 2019 shoulder tear. They didn't give him the big-league chances he believed he'd earned. They gave him a few. He didn't deliver. Finally, they DFA'd him last summer, probably believing deep down they'd devalued him enough that he'd sneak through waivers.
Wrong. Instead, he went to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he'd have free rein to helicopter himself in the batter's box for a losing team.
Except ... he's back in the minors to start 2023, and the Pirates are strangely competitive. He's 5-for-33 with a .388 OPS. Some transactions are better left not revisited.