The Yankees did indeed place LHP Wandy Peralta on the injured list and activate LHP Zack Britton from the IL on Thursday, the latter of which required a 40-man roster move - and shockingly to many, that move was designating infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar for assignment.
Andujar was long one of the Yankees' top prospects, and after a brief major-league debut in 2017, he broke out in 2018, slashing .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI, a Yankees rookie record 47 doubles, and 83 runs scored, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting to Shohei Ohtani.
However, Andujar played in just 12 games in 2019 before injuring his shoulder diving back into third base, and he - and his career path - never seemed to recover. The Yankees turned Andujar into a utility player, getting him time in left field and at first base (something that was long-rumored due to weaker defensive skills at third base), but he was not the same at the plate, and spent the last three seasons bouncing between Triple-A and the Majors - playing just 93 games at the MLB level and hitting .244 with just eight homers.
That stat line may be why those who aren't shocked by Andujar's DFA remain so, although the Yankees did have a bit of a roster crunch; placing any of their 10-day or 15-day injured list players on the 60-day IL would have ended or could have ended their season, as only Matt Carpenter (put on the IL August 9) would have been eligible to return before the ALCS.
Still just 27, Andujar now finds himself in DFA limbo, with three more years of arbitration eligibility and one minor-league option remaining. If he is not claimed off waivers, the Yankees now have seven days to release, trade, or outright him to the Minors, an assignment he cannot refuse as he has never been outrighted before. If he is claimed of traded, however, he would not be eligible to play in the postseason if added by a team headed to, or contending for, the playoffs.
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