Frustrated with his recent demotion back to the minors, Miguel Andujar has requested a trade from the New York Yankees.
Third baseman-turned-outfielder Miguel Andujar, who was once a breakout prospect for the New York Yankees, has formally requested a trade from the team due to frustration with a lack of playing time
Hector Gomez reported the news, citing unnamed sources, that Andujar made the request known to Yankees manager Aaron Boone. This report comes following the news on June 3 that Andujar would once again be optioned to the AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders to make room for Giancarlo Stanton, who came off the IL.
This is reportedly not the first time Andujar has requested to be traded from the Yankees, but the team chose to hold onto him, per The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal.
This is also not the first time Andujar has been optioned during this season. After starting the season in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Andujar was recalled for a brief stint with the major league club at the end of April, when Aaron Hicks went on the paternity list.
Miguel Andujar has request a trade from the New York Yankees following most recent demotion back to the minor leagues
Andujar was brought back to the Yankees on May 23 when Josh Donaldson landed on the IL.
In the 12 games Andujar has had in the MLB this season, he has a .268 batting average, with a .279 on-base percentage and .317 slugging percentage.
In addition to Andujar’s demotion, the Yankees announced that fellow outfielder Tim Locastro has also been optioned to Scranton-Wilkes Barre, returning from a rehab assignment and being officially placed off the 10-day IL.
The outfield has been a source of some frustration for Yankees fans this season. While Aaron Judge has been killing it, Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks have both fairly earned criticism for their poor overall performances, with plenty of calls for the team to DFA either, or both, of them.
After making his MLB debut in 2017, Andujar was a full-time member of the 2018 Yankees squad. That season, Andujar batted .297, with a .527 slugging percentage, 27 home runs and 92 RBIs. He controversially finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting that season behind Shohei Ohtani.
A mix of injuries and poor performance has prevented him from gaining much success over the last few seasons.