Yankees quit former award contender

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The New York Yankees have finally had enough.

Needing a roster spot for their incoming relievers Scott Effross and Zack Britton, they eventually signed off struggling infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar, singling him out for assignment Thursday.

This means the team will have seven days after the trade to trade the player or place him on irrevocable waivers.

If Andujar is claimed via waivers, the Yankees will lose him.

If he clears the waivers, he can be moved outright to the minor leagues or released.

Andujar finished second in the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year voting, behind a certain Shohei Ohtani.

That year he slashed .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 76 extra hits and 92 RBIs.

But he suffered a labral tear in 2019 and hasn’t been the same since.

Andujar hit .318 in 376 plate appearances over the past four years and has no real defensive value: he’s lousy at his original position, third base, and although he’s a bit better in an outside corner , there is no trump.

The Yankees couldn’t wait any longer

Unable to produce at the plate and without real value at the glove, the Yankees had had enough.

His future will be decided in the coming days, but it’s likely that a rebuilding team will take a chance on his potential and snag him.

This year, Andujar cut a putrid .229/.250/.281 in 100 trips to the plate.

Roster spots, on a team like the Yankees, are rare.

Andujar’s 2018 had the whole fan base dreaming of a controllable young mid-range producer for the next five years.

But his injury in 2019 derailed his career.

He has been asking for a trade for several months.

Is its future linked to another organization?

We will know soon.

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