The New York Yankees on Thursday announced a series of moves, including the return of seasoned left pitcher Zach Britton and the end of Miguel Andujar’s tenure with the Bronx.
Andujar, now 27, looked like a big deal for the Yankees in the long run not too long ago. In his debut season in 2018, Andújar, at the age of 23, liftedout of 130 and hit 27 home runs, 47 doubles and 302 bases in 149 games (and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Shohei Otani).
The Yankees made the following roster changes:
• Placed LHP Wandy Peralta on 15 day IL (retroactive until September 19) with left thoracic stiffness.
• Returned from rehab and reinstated LHP Zach Britton from 60-day IL.
• Appointed by INF/OF Miguel Andujar for appointment.
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Since then, however, Andújar has struggled hard and has struggled with severe shoulder and wrist problems. Andujar has only played 105 games at the MLB level since the start of the 2019 season, and in that time he hit .228/.255/.318 (55 OPS+) with eight home runs. In between games with the Yankees, he managed to produce strong junior highs, but his failure to rediscover the skills he showed as a rookie ultimately ended Andujar’s time in the organization.
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates asked Andujar to waive his rights, the team announced. The Pirates only have nine games to play this season, so the announcement was likely made with a 2023 roster in mind. Pittsburgh has not had a set DH since Daniel Vogelbach was traded at the deadline. Andujar could take over the position next season at little cost.
Andujar’s DFA decision frees up a spot on the 40-man list for Britton, who was on the injured list for 60 days and therefore not on the 40-man list. Vandy Peralta’s trip to the 15-day IL relieves Britton of an active position in the roster. As for Andújar, another organization will almost certainly have his eye on him and a fresh start is probably just what he needs after several seasons of injury and struggle.