So the truth comes out. When it comes to the New York Yankees and their rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar, it seems that the feelings aren’t all that mutual.
It seems like the New York Yankees and their pursuit of Manny Machado actually makes sense.
The third baseman-turned-shortstop on the Baltimore Orioles has been a highly sought after piece during this trade deadline season and fans are scratching their heads as to why Brian Cashman might be chasing down the star when they have a perfectly suitable third baseman in Miguel Andujar.
Well, the truth comes out.
Joel Sherman of The New York Post reported on Friday that several major executives throughout the sport spoke of the Yankees finding several areas of concern, making Andujar not quite as untouchable as originally thought.
One anonymous executive even went as far as to rip Andujar, telling Sherman, “Andujar is a horrendous third baseman. This all feels like the Yankees building up a player’s value to trade him for a young, controllable starter and then they will revisit the issue of third base in the offseason with Brandon Drury, an outside third baseman or signing Machado.”
Tell us how you really feel, Mr. Anonymous Executive. From this angle here, it seems like Andujar has improved on the defensive end and has been a welcome addition to the Yankees lineup, earning more and more walks as he gets more comfortable in the big leagues.
Naturally, these comments would be raised to Cashman, who responded as he normally does: without giving an inch.
“That is completely false,” Cashman told The Post. “I think [Andujar] is a hell of a player. We have said ‘no’ to him [in trade talks] not just this year but from Double-A on up. I have not included him in any deals and that should say how I feel about him.”
Of course Cashman isn’t going to come right out and say, “Yes, reporters, it is true. We hate Andujar and want him gone.” He is going to defend his players but he might have a few tricks up his sleeve.
What executive would lie about that type of behavior? They seem passionate in knowing the Yankees are not high on Andujar. But will we ever know the truth?
No way. For right now, it is all speculation. But wouldn’t that be an interesting turn of events?
Trade deadline drama, my friends. It’ll be like this up until 4 p.m. on July 31. Be prepared.