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Pinstripe Alley: The Yankees have a Miguel Andujar conundrum
3 weeks ago  ::  Nov 13, 2019 - 10:05AM #11
yank0428
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Yankees’ dream Miguel Andujar scenario has worked before




SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Will Miguel Andujar be the 2020 Yankees’ odd man out? Or will he serve as the sequel to DJ LeMahieu, carrying his powerful bat across multiple positions?


As he begins the process of building his next team, Brian Cashman, no small voice in this decision, clearly believes it will be the latter.


“If Gio [Urshela] continues to hold [third base], you’re going to want to see if you can find a way to get that bat into the lineup,” Cashman said Tuesday of Andujar, “whether it’s, ‘Can he play first? Can he play the outfield?’ You start playing those mind games, it’s anything that you want to do, but I’ve been around long enough, when a bat’s good enough …”


At the GM meetings, Cashman then traveled back in time to 2001, when a rookie shortstop named Alfonso Soriano, having received big-league cups of coffee the prior two seasons, dominated the Grapefruit League while Derek Jeter nursed a minor injury. Upon Jeter’s return to the everyday lineup, Soriano moved to left field. And when the Yankees decided that Chuck Knoblauch no longer could play second base due to throwing yips, the Yankees flipped Knoblauch and Soriano, who proceeded to finish third in American League Rookie of the Year voting.


Andujar, now 24, placed second in last year’s AL Rookie of the Year ballot with a stellar offensive season (and underwhelming defensive one) at third base. Then he suffered a major right shoulder injury in the first week of the 2019 regular-season calendar and wound up undergoing season-ending surgery after playing in only 12 games. Seemingly out of nowhere, Urshela, the former Indian and Blue Jay, emerged as Andujar’s replacement with a terrific campaign, and he clearly defends the hot corner better than does Andujar.


Hence Cashman’s musing about a more versatile Andujar: “He’s a special kid. He’s really talented. We know what he can do with the bat, and it’s not a bad problem to have that I had Gio Urshela emerge in such a positive way, and Miggy’s athletic enough that he probably can hold onto different other things if that’s ultimately what happens.”


Cashman said that he hadn’t authorized Andujar to start working on other positions. At this juncture, he said, “You do some daydreaming on all of it.”


The Yankees daydreamed similarly a year ago when they envisioned LeMahieu, a career second baseman, bouncing around the infield, and that went swimmingly.

3 weeks ago  ::  Nov 13, 2019 - 10:08AM #12
GottaGoToMo
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Looks like they are indeed thinking of Andujar for first base.  His bat is definitely more lethal than Voit or Ford.

3 weeks ago  ::  Nov 13, 2019 - 10:07PM #13
manbot
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Nov 13, 2019 -- 9:55AM, Jon wrote:


Nov 12, 2019 -- 8:36PM, manbot wrote:


Nov 11, 2019 -- 2:22PM, Jon wrote:


Nov 11, 2019 -- 12:56PM, cleanuphtr12 wrote:


On some planets they call this "depth".  Its not like we just came off a season where we set all kinds of records for player-innings lost to injury or anything.




Who would you rather have: Frazier and Andujar or a frontline starter?


Because you know what the Yanks DIDN'T have depth in?




This is one best Frontline Starter classes in FA history ... why the hell would you trade either of them for a starting pitcher?


What Front line starting pitcher are you going to get for Frazier and Andujar that is better than Cole, Stras, Madbum, Hyun-Jin Ryu




Because if you sign them in free agency, you lose your first round pick to compensation.




Oh not that! Yankees 1st round picks have been so productive 


What would we do without the next 

  • Jeremy Bleich
  • Cito Culver
  • Bichette 
  • Hensly 
  • Jagielo

Since 1993 (26 years) the Yankees have had 1 successfull 1st round pick ... Judge  

3 weeks ago  ::  Nov 13, 2019 - 11:14PM #14
davis2
Posts: 17,487

Nov 13, 2019 -- 9:55AM, Jon wrote:


Nov 12, 2019 -- 8:36PM, manbot wrote:


Nov 11, 2019 -- 2:22PM, Jon wrote:


Nov 11, 2019 -- 12:56PM, cleanuphtr12 wrote:


On some planets they call this "depth".  Its not like we just came off a season where we set all kinds of records for player-innings lost to injury or anything.




Who would you rather have: Frazier and Andujar or a frontline starter?


Because you know what the Yanks DIDN'T have depth in?




This is one best Frontline Starter classes in FA history ... why the hell would you trade either of them for a starting pitcher?


What Front line starting pitcher are you going to get for Frazier and Andujar that is better than Cole, Stras, Madbum, Hyun-Jin Ryu




Because if you sign them in free agency, you lose your first round pick to compensation.



ONE FIRST ROUND PICK? To sign Cole Or Strasburg?  Hell Yeah!

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