Andujar informed Yankees coach Aaron Boone of his desire to trade on Friday after the New York defender chose Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to reports.
The New York Post reported that Andugar had been seeking a trade since the end of the 2021 season. The Yankees would not confirm the reports and Boone would not elaborate on his discussion with Andugar, describing the demotion as the result of a ” difficult numbers game.
Andugar, 27, has made 12 appearances this season for the No. 1 Yankees, including 10 starts from left field. The former prospect has been a daily New York player for two weeks due to injury. Jian Carlo Stanton other Josh Donaldson According to Boone, that was “a big part of what we did here”.
But Donaldson was activated from the injured list on Friday and Stanton is back on SaturdayForce the Yankees to demote Andugar to create a space slate.
“Meiji is a great guy,” Boone told reporters on Saturday. “It’s a tough choice, knowing that’s a big part of what we’ve done here, and he really wants me here. So I understand it’s a tough choice. … He plays regularly for us. It was part of us winning ball games.
Commercial demand was Andujar first mentioned Saturday by baseball journalist Hector Gomez.
Andujar is .268 with three RBIs in 41 at bats this season, his fifth with the Yankees. Having started his career as a third base captain, Andugar moved to left field in recent seasons in an effort to gain more consistent playing time for the Yankees.
Andujar was a 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year runner-up, hitting .297 with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs. But he missed most of the 2019 season with a shoulder injury and has struggled to secure a spot in the Major League roster since making just 78 appearances. for the Yankees since the start of the 2020 season.