If the New York Yankees’ second-year third baseman doesn’t improve his defense, he could wind up being replaced with stud Nolan Arenado.
Truth bomb coming, folks, so brace for impact.
Miguel Andujar is a terrible defensive third baseman. You know it. I know it. Even our beloved New York Yankees know it. In this new age of analytics, logic dictates he’s better off switching positions. If not that, switching to DH full-time would seem ideal.
And yet, the Yankees seem intent on keeping Andujar at the hot corner in 2019. Back in November, GM Brian Cashman even said on “The Michael Kay Show” he felt Andujar could improve his defense.
Keep in mind, ladies and gentlemen, Cash has said this despite Manny Machado’s excellent third base defense being available in free agency. Now that DJ LeMahieu is aboard, all signs seem to indicate New York is out on Machado despite taking a meeting with him last month.
That’s all well and good, but what if the Yankees are playing the long game here? No, not in terms of Andujar’s defense, but regarding next year’s free agent class. I ask because Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado will hit the market then, and his defense and bat speak for themselves.
Miguel Andujar may have dodged the Manny Machado bullet, but he shouldn’t get too comfortable. The Arenado shot is coming next season, and Andujar needs to really show he’s improved defensively if he wants to dodge that one too.
A one-sided season
As a hitter, the Yankees could not have asked for a better season from Miguel Andujar. Coming up a year early thanks to Brandon Drury’s injury, he hit .297 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. Andujar also broke Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio’s record for most doubles by a rookie with 47 and had 76 total extra-base hits. When he came up to bat, fans got excited.