The New York Yankees could be looking to deal promising third baseman Miguel Andujar as they continue to pursue pitching.
The New York Yankees could be open to moving one of their top youngsters in the continued search for pitching. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, third baseman Miguel Andujar’s name has come up in talks with the Miami Marlins.
Name to watch with #Yankees: Miguel Andújar. Rival execs tell me and @ByRobertMurray NYY open to moving him. Would make sense as #Marlins’ ask for Realmuto; MIA wants established young MLB player as headliner. Also would line up with NYY pursuit of Machado. Torres could play SS.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2018
This new rumor was born out of a report that popped up last night. Several sources including Rosenthal and Andy Martino of SNY reported the Marlins and Yankees were involved in a potential three-team deal with the New York Mets. In said deal, the Mets would land catcher J.T. Realmuto from Miami. Speculation then flew the Yankees would land hard-throwing righty Noah Syndergaard from the Mets, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post was quick to point out nothing was definite.
Cashman has insisted Sanchez will be #Yankees catcher in '19. Yet, outside execs said they were engaged with #Marlins. This would explain it since NYY wouldn't be getting Realmuto in this scenario, but rather Syndergaard, though again involved people called this a long shot
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11, 2018
Simply put, if the Yankees are going to move Miguel Andujar, it should only be for Noah Syndergaard. The man is still just 23 years old and was absolutely robbed of AL Rookie of the Year. In 2018, Andujar batted .297 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI, and even 47 doubles as he established himself as a young hitter to watch.
However, Andujar also proved to be the worst defensive third baseman in all baseball. Thus, with Manny Machado’s elite third base defense on the market, the Yankees find themselves in an interesting position.
Do they trade Andujar for an elite pitcher and go all in on Machado? Or, will they keep looking for pitching while also keeping him around?
Stay tuned for more updates as the market continues to develop.