New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar opens up while congratulating Manny Machado on his massive San Diego Padres deal.
Now that the younger Manny will continue being Manny in San Diego, young Miguel opens up.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Manny, $300 million, wow,’’ Andujar said Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field via a translator. “I always stay positive and focus on my responsibilities.’’
Ten years, $300 million. No wonder the New York Yankees didn’t get involved.
Andujar, 23, is coming off a thunderous rookie campaign. Over 149 games, Andujar hit .297 with 27 home runs and 92 runs batted in while nearly capturing the AL Rookie of the Year.
The cool, calm and collected kid has been extremely professional throughout this entire nutty Machado process. He actually crossed the line of responsibility by speaking about accepting Machado onto the team if a deal was struck.
In terms of Andujar’s game, defense at third remains the priority. The kid believes he’s actively on the right path.
“Improve on the first step in the proper direction of the throw makes me better,’’ Andujar said.
Manager Aaron Boone is also noticing the attention to detail regarding his infield work.
“Definitely, a noticeable difference,’’ Boone said. “He has added some weight in a good way. Clearly he feels like he is through some of the physical things that were holding him back a little bit last year. There is a different way in which he is impacting the ball this year.’’
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, marks the New York Yankees first spring training game. They’ll take on the Toronto Blue Jays.