According to Ken Rosenthal and Héctor Gómez, Miguel Andújar has requested a trade out of New York.
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It makes sense that he’d want to leave. The Yankees crowded outfield group has deprived Andujar of playing time since his promising 2018 rookie campaign, appearing in only 90 games.
Could the Braves get Andújar?
While it’s not likely that the Braves will acquire the Dominican outfielder and third baseman, I think it’s worth a call to New York. Guillermo Heredia brings so much to the team as far as energy and clubhouse vibes, but his on-field impact has been paltry. Andújar would undoubtedly be an upgrade to the Atlanta outfield, and also provides an ability to play third base.
Andújar’s pop alone makes him worth checking in on, but like every trade, it always comes down to the price. The Yankees could be looking at his situation in two different ways. They may not want to move him because his trade value has plummeted and he still has some upside. Or they could believe it’s time to cut bait for whatever they can get for him, especially after he has requested a trade.
As a contending team with not many holes and a strong farm system, there’s not any obvious needs. A young pitcher like William Woods or Dylan Lee might do the trick, and I would be willing to part ways with one of them for Andújar. New York is in need of some bullpen help, but the Braves may want to hang onto all of their relief arms, given the recent bullpen struggles of their own.
Miguel Andújar making his final case for AL Rookie of the Year.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 26, 2018
Andújar would be a solid piece for the Braves — if they make a deal closer to the deadline and get a reliever such as Kirby Yates back, it could be worth the cost.