Opinion: Rangers Should Make a Play for Yankees' Miguel Andujar

By , 105.3 The Fan

The time has come for the Rangers to make a move to jumpstart their offense. Jon Daniels needs to pick up the phone and call Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and ask what it'll take to get Miguel Andujar in Arlington.

The price is the lowest it will ever be. The former AL Rookie of the Year runner-up was demoted following the Yankees doubleheader with the Phillies on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old has no place in the Yankees stacked lineup, having been passed up by Gio Urshela at the hot corner. First base is also out of the question with Luke Voit entrenched at that position. 

New York introduced Andujar to the outfield ahead of the season resumption last month, but he's blocked there by Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman. What about DH? Nope, that spot is occupied by Giancarlo Stanton. 

Should a spot even come available in the Yankees outfield there's no guarantee he would get the first crack at the job with Clint Frazier also waiting in the wings at the club's alternate training site.

That's where the Rangers come into the picture.

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Yes, Andujar has struggled at the plate this season, hitting 1-for-14 with three strikeouts. But he hasn't been getting consistent at-bats.

Andujar hit .297 with 29 home runs and 92 RBI in his rookie season in 2018. He was slated to be the Yankees third baseman of the future but he missed almost the entire 2019 season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. Urshela was given his spot and never looked back, leaving Andujar without a spot when he showed up healthy this season.

Boosting one of the worst offenses in baseball, the Rangers can insert Andujar into the middle of their lineup, while filling a need at third or first base. 

After whiffing on their top target Anthony Rendon in the offseason, the Rangers settled for Todd Frazier at third base and a competition between Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird at first base. Guzman and Bird's bats never woke up in camp and Frazier was forced over to first, while Isiah Kiner-Falefa manned third. Frazier has been a solid contributor, hitting .265 through 10 games. Kiner-Falefa is also hitting a solid .269 through eight games, but he and Frazier only have one home run and five RBI combined. That's just not enough production out of two positions that typically carry big power numbers.

What would the Yankees ask for in return? They could use another starter or arm in their bullpen, but it can't be too large of an ask. They could always do what they've done with Frazier and leave him on the shelf. That just sounds like a wasted opportunity for a team looking to win a championship this season.

Texas was reportedly "intrigued" by the idea of trading for Andujar in the offseason, according to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, so might it be "intrigued" again? With only 50 games to play and ground to make up, I think they should be.

This isn't about having a player for the rest of this season, either, as Andujar is under club control until 2024. 

Pick up the phone, JD.

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