The New York Yankees are in the process of finalizing their 28-man roster for the month of April.
And we also know that infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar won’t be a part of that 28-man roster.
“Prior to today’s game, the Yankees optioned INF/OF Miguel Andújar and OF Tim Locastro to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,” the Yankees’ PR Dept. Twitter account wrote on Tuesday morning.
Prior to today’s game, the Yankees optioned INF/OF Miguel Andújar and OF Tim Locastro to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) April 5, 2022
He Was A Longshot To Make The Roster
Andujar’s odds of making the roster weren’t the best, since most teams, including the Yankees, are prioritizing pitching with their two additional roster spots.
Some pitchers are not fully stretched out, so there lies the advantage of having two extra roster spots, to carry a couple of pitchers around in case they are needed.
This is not to say that Andujar won’t ever see the big leagues again with the Yankees, but it’s clear that his future in the organization is in question and has been like that for at least a couple of years.
After finishing second in the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year voting process to winner Shohei Ohtani, he suffered a labrum injury in 2019 that, together with his atrocious defense, derailed his career.
His OPS finishes from 2019 to 2021 have been .271, .632, and .667, so he may not be all the way back offensively.
At 27 years old, he may need a trade to get a full opportunity to see if he can return to his 2018 form.
For the Yankees, he has become a depth piece for first base and the corner outfield spots.