Miguel Andujar is working on his glove this offseason as the New York Yankees third baseman prepares to reclaim his spot in the lineup.
Could Miguel Andujar be making a return to the New York Yankees this spring? According to his Instagram stories, the third baseman is on the right track. This week, Andujar posted videos of him taking infield ground balls for his followers to witness.
— Jordan Bonadona (@JordanBonadona) November 20, 2019
New York ruled Andujar out for the entire rest of the 2019 season back on May 15. It was revealed he was going to undergo surgery on his shoulder to repair a partial glenoid labrum tear.
Through 49 plate appearances in just 12 games, Andujar finished the 2019 campaign with just one RBI, 11 strikeouts, and a slash line of .128/.143/.128. The season prior to that, he hit 27 home runs with 92 RBIs and a slash line of .297/.328/.527 through 149 games.
With Andujar missing nearly the entire season, the Yanks had Gio Urshela take his place at third base for the majority of the campaign. Urshela appeared in 123 games and started in 109 at the third-base spot.
The journeyman infielder was nothing short of outstanding as a replacement for Andujar. Urshela is a much better defender than Andujar, plus he put up a slash line of .314/.355/.534. Without a doubt, it was the best season of Urshela’s career.
There have been talks that the Yankees shouldn’t even bring Andujar back, and that they should utilize him as a trade chip. Due to the production from Urshela (21 home runs, 74 RBIs), the Bombers could be better off just bringing Gio back at that spot.