Once one of the Yankees’ top prospects, Miguel Andujar played well enough to finish second to Shohei Ohtani for the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2018.
That seems a long time ago. Andujar was sidelined by a shoulder injury the following season and his career went downhill after that.
His career hit a new low on Thursday, when the Yankees assigned the 27-year-old on assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for reliever Zack Britton’s return.
Andujar had been given an option for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday to make way for Luis Severino on the active roster.
Since Andujar was on the 40-man roster, the Yankees can’t trade him, as the August 2 trading TBEN has come and gone.
Several scouts who were present at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night thought Andujar would be arrested.
But his time with the Yankees is over.
Andujar lost his starting job at third base to Gio Urshela after his injury in 2019 and tried to come back as a utility player, learning first base and left field.
He never came close to duplicating his 2018 results on record, so he couldn’t make up for his defensive shortcomings.
Andujar played 27 games for the Yankees this season, hitting only 22-for-96 (.229) in 100 at bats. Worse, he finished with three extra-base hits, three walks and 22 strikeouts and a .531 OPS, a long way from the 47 doubles, 27 home runs and .855 OPS he racked up in 2018.