Miguel Andujar was once one of the Yankees’ frontrunners, finishing second in the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year Award to Shohei Ohtani.
It seems so long ago. Andujar was sidetracked by a shoulder injury the following season, after which his career went downhill.
His career hit a new low Thursday when the Yankees named the 27-year-old to open a 40-man roster spot for the return of reliever Zach Britton.
Andujar was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, leaving room for Luis Severino to join the active roster.
Andujar was on a roster of 40, so Yankees can’t trade him, because August. 2 The transaction deadline has passed.
Several scouts who were present at Yankee Stadium Thursday night believed Andujar would be picked up.
But his time with the Yankees is over.
Andujar lost his starting job at third base to Gio Urshela after an injury in 2019, learning first base and left field and attempting to return as a utility player.
He was unable to mimic the results of 2018 at bat, so he couldn’t make up for his defensive shortcomings.
Andujar appeared in 27 games for the Yankees this season, going just 22-for-96 (.229) in 100 plate appearances. To make matters worse, he finished with his 3 extra-base hits, 3 bases, 22 strikeouts, and his OPS of . This is a far cry from his 47 doubles, 27 home runs, and his OPS of .