Not long ago, Andujar seemed to be a long-term player again for Yankees.
The New York Yankees made a series of transactions on Thursday, the most notable of which being the return of veteran lefty reliever Zack Britton and the conclusion of Miguel Andujar’s stint in the Bronx.
Andjar, now 27, once seemed to be a crucial long-term component for the Yankees. Andjar had an OPS+ of 130 in his debut season of 2018 as a 23-year-old, with 27 home runs, 47 doubles, and 302 total bases in 149 games (and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Shohei Ohtani).
Andjar has suffered since that high point, with serious shoulder and wrist ailments. Andjar has appeared in 105 OKbet MLB games since the start of the 2019 season, batting.228/.255/.318 (55 OPS+) with eight home runs in that time. In between stints with the Yankees, he put up decent to excellent statistics in the minors, but his failure to recapture the abilities he had as a rookie eventually ended Andjar’s stay with the club.
The DFA decision Andujar frees up a space on the 40-man roster for Britton, who was on the 60-day disabled list and therefore not on the 40-man roster. Britton gains an active roster space as Wandy Peralta is sent to the 15-day IL. Andjar will almost surely be considered by another franchise, and a new start is likely to be just what he needs after numerous seasons of injury and struggle.
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