Every decision the New York Yankees made this offseason was based around the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year (we don’t recognize Shohei Ohtani here).
Last season, Andujar shocked EVERYONE when he got called up a week into the season to fill in for Brandon Drury while he was on the disabled list and was so dominant that the Yankees shipped Drury out of town before he even felt the real New York experience of having a gross ass child cough in his face on the Subway during flu season.
Miggy hit .297 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs. He was objectively the best hitter on the team in a year where Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge struggled with injuries and Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird forgot how to play baseball.
Even though he was their best hitter, he still sat out an elimination playoff game simply because the team didn’t trust him defensively. To be blunt, Andujar sucks at third base.
He was third in the American League in errors. Whenever the ball is hit in his direction, I assume it’s either going to roll under his glove or he’s going to send it rocketing into the concession stands
So the Yankees have been reinforcing their infield with the signings of Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu in case Andujar doesn’t improve defensively.
But Miguel Andujar is the most important player heading into the 2019 season.
If he improves and becomes an average defender then the 23-year old phenom can sit in the heart of the lineup just hitting extra base hit after extra base hit after extra base hit.
The Yankees aren’t signing Manny Machado to play third base. My heart hurts typing that. I still don’t totally understand why the Yankees are pretending like they the bill just arrived at the end of a meal on a first date and they
But what also makes Andujar the key to the season is that he’s the ultimate trip chip.
Let’s face it, it is impossible to feel comfortable with the starting rotation consisting of Luis Severino who all but yells ‘HERE COMES A SLIDER’ before he throws a slider, James Paxton who’s never started more than 28 games in a season, JA Happ and CC Sabathia who are old enough to run for president and Sonny Gray who I simply don’t have enough time to insult right now.
The Yankees can flip Andujar for an Ace at the trade deadline for one reason and one reason only:
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Nolan Arenado’s free agency is coming and when it does, the best third baseman in the sport will be available. If the Yankees flip Andujar for a starter and then bring in Arenado to fill his spot then I will forgive them for not signing Bryce Harper the second they were eliminated from the playoffs.
The 2019 New York Yankees will live and die by Miguel Andujar.