There has been a lot of debate recently on weather New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar should be traded or not. Today we discuss both the pros and cons of trading him.
Rough Around The Edges:
Miguel Andujar is a developing star, and still has a lot of improving to do. He isn’t anywhere where he needs to be defensively, and was one of the worst defenders in all of baseball in 2018. His base running smarts can improve, but a lot of that just comes with more experience. His offense is right where it needs to be, he just could cut down the number of pitches he chases.
By trading him, you could avoid more developing time and stick with Gio if he continues to prove himself.
A Lot In Return:
Since Andujar has all-star potential, a trade could see the Yankees getting a lot back for the present and the future. It would be more important to get young prospects in my opinion. Those prospects could take a few years to develop and start to make their way to the MLB once the current guys on the Yankee roster age or leave the team.
Losing A Star:
By trading Andujar, you eliminate a player that will make a huge impact on the team down the road. But, Gio Urshela is a rising star and could end up being better than Andujar.
More Pressure On Gio:
That being said, if the team gets rid of Andujar, their faith is in Gio Urshela for the future, and some pressure comes with that, especially in New York. He has handled the pressure perfectly thus far, and the team wouldn’t be in first place without him.
What I Think:
I think that the Yankees should keep Andujar for now. Gio Urshela could be having a fluke season on offense, and we need to have a different plan if he doesn’t pan out next season.
If Urshela continues to rake in 2020, maybe you pull an early season blockbuster and trade Andujar.