Pirates add Miguel Andújar after Yankees designate former Rookie of the Year runner-up for assignment

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The New York Yankees on Thursday revealed a series of relocations that a lot of significantly consist of the return of veteran lefty reducer Zack Britton and an end to Miguel Andujar’s time in the Bronx.

Andújar, now 27, not so long ago appeared like an essential long-lasting piece for the Yankees. In his novice season of 2018, Andújar as a 23-year-old set up an OPS+ of 130 and tallied 27 crowning achievement, 47 doubles, and 302 overall bases in 149 video games (and completed second in Rookie of the Year ballot behind Shohei Ohtani). 

However, because that peak Andújar has actually had a hard time terribly and fought significant shoulder and wrist issues. Since the start of the 2019 season, Andújar has actually played in simply 105 video games at the MLB level, and over that period he’s batted .228/.255/.318 (55 OPS+) with 8 crowning achievement. In in between stints with the Yankees, he’s handled strong to great numbers in the minors, however his failure to uncover the abilities he revealed as a novice eventually spelled an end to Andújar’s time with the company. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates declared Andújar off waivers Sunday, the group revealed. The Pirates just have 9 video games to play this season, so the claim was most likely made with an eye towards the 2023 lineup. Pittsburgh has not had actually a set DH given that trading away Daniel Vogelbach at the due date. Andújar might fill the function next season at a low expense.

The choice to DFA Andujar clears an area on the 40-man lineup for Britton, who had actually been on the 60-day hurt list and therefore not on the 40-man. Wandy Peralta’s journey to the 15-day IL clears an active lineup area for Britton. As for Andújar, he’ll probably be offered an appearance by another company, and a new beginning is most likely simply what he requires after numerous seasons of injury and battle. 

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