Miguel Andujar: It is his time
With spring training set to begin, the Yankees have openings at 2B and the hot corner. Speculation is high that two of the organization’s most highly regarded prospects are going to win those jobs. This article isn't about the second base opening; it’s about Miguel Andujar and why he should be the starting third baseman when Opening Day arrives.
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Sure, it would be very easy for the Bombers to sign a veteran like Neil Walker or trade for someone like Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison, but this isn't George Steinbrenner’s Yankees. This version isn't afraid to play the kids instead of trading them away. This team is loaded and has a solid mixture of electric youth and gritty veterans. Guys like Andujar and Torres are more than capable of playing everyday, but like I said this isn't about Torres.
From every report I've read, Andujar’s bat is major league ready. Does his defense need work? Yes, but he's not terrible, and he can definitely field the position. If the Yankees don't spend money on a free agent infielder, they can use the money to sign a starting pitcher or trade for one now or at the deadline, which would be the smart move. If Andujar plays well then maybe the Bombers don't need to go after Manny Machado next offseason. Hey, it's just a thought. This team is built to win now and adding another starting pitcher is the better investment than going after someone outside the organization to fill the third base need. With Chase Headley manning a Padres' uniform in 2018, Miguel Andujar has nothing in his path that should stop him from manning third base and thriving.
Article by: Matt DonovanFollow @BronxBomberBall