Yankees Miguel Andujar Generating Interest Plus Other MLB News
As Day 4 of the MLB general managers meetings continue, Yankees GM Brian Cashman spoke about Miguel Andujar, a prospect within the organization generating a lot of interest.
After a 2016 campaign that saw the 21-year-old No. 7 Yankees prospect (according to MLB.com) hit a combined .273/.330/.410 with 12 home runs and in 83 RBI at two different levels of Minor League ball, many within baseball circles are eager to discuss the possibility of acquiring such an astutely developing talent.
“I get a lot of compliments on him from other clubs, a lot of teams asking me about him. He’s going to be a big leaguer,” Cashman said.
Coming off an Arizona Fall League All-Star Game appearance, Andujar has positioned himself to potentially begin the upcoming season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Depending on what the Yankees do this winter in regards to fortifying the club going forward, Andujar could very well be the club’s third baseman of the future. Should the Yankees make a serious run at Manny Machado come 2019, well, then all bets are off the table.
But as of right now, Andujar has a clear path to the big leagues as the incumbent starter Chase Headley‘s contract winds down to expiration after the 2018 season.
Other MLB News
You can throw in the Washington Nationals to the list of teams that would consider lining up with the Yankees on a potential trade for Brian McCann. With the Nats unsure about resigning Wilson Ramos to a lucrative long-term deal following knee surgery that will keep him out indefinitely, the veteran McCann would be a nice pickup on both sides of the ball for a club looking to win now.
42-year-old R.A. Dickey is the first free agent to sign this offseason. Though specific terms of his contract with the Atlanta Braves have yet to be disclosed, it looks like he’ll get a one-year deal with a club option for 2018.
The San Francisco Giants have met with representatives for closers Kenley Jansen, Mark Melancon, and Aroldis Chapman. With late inning relief pitching being such a major hole for the Giants, I’d be shocked if they didn’t lock up one these big names sooner rather than later.
Look for the White Sox to dangle the remaining two-year, $25M contract of David Robertson to teams that miss out on any one of the big three free agent closers.
Third baseman are a hot commodity right off the bat this offseason — as Evan Longoria, Todd Frazier, and Yangervis Solarte have all been brought up in trade talks. Expect the Dodgers to be in play for one of these men, especially if Justin Turner‘s asking price exceeds $50M.
Both the Phillies and Angels are exploring the possibility of swinging a deal with the Dodgers for the services of Howie Kendrick. Though Kendrick hit more consistently employed strictly as a second baseman, his versatility is intriguing to clubs that have holes at a number of spots.
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