4. Miguel Andujar
It doesn’t make a ton of sense for the Yankees to keep a 27-year-old outfielder who isn’t ready to impact the big league club on the 40-man roster. That’s precisely what they are doing with Andujar at the moment.
Cashman’s obvious plan here is to hold on to Andujar long enough for him to reestablish his value to the point where he can be included in a trade to bring a more valuable player back to the Bronx. Right now, the only way for Andujar to accomplish that goal is to start smashing the ball in Scranton.
The Yankees likely hope that the future establishment of the Universal Designated Hitter is going to minimize other teams’ concerns about his defensive deficiencies. Andujar is a man without a natural position in the field at this juncture in his career. He either needs to be an elite hitter or he’ll never be an MLB regular again.
The most likely resolution to Andujar’s tenure in New York is to include him in a deal with several younger prospects to a team that’s willing to part with an established veteran at the Deadline. Andujar’s time with the Yankees is running short.