Think Miguel Andujar heard all that trade talk?
Days after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said many teams had been asking about Andujar, the recovering third baseman posted videos of himself to social media working out at the team’s training complex in Tampa.
In the videos — posted to his Instagram story, which are accessible for 24 hours after they’re uploaded — Andujar takes grounders at third base, throws to first base and takes batting practice.
The videos were a obviously aimed at showing Andujar was healthy after playing just 12 games in last season thanks to a torn right shoulder labrum that required season-ending surgery in May.
On Nov. 13, Cashman told The Michael Kay Show on ESPN radio that he was “definitely getting a lot of interest” from teams while he was at the MLB GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“I’ve got clubs asking me, ‘What are you going to do with him? We’d have an interest in him. Mark us down,” Cashman said.
The Yankees could see Andujar, 24, as perhaps their best trade asset.
Surprise offensive production Gio Urshela, who was already a better defender than Andujar, has given Urshela the full-time job at third base going into 2020. After years of his bat holding him back from regular playing time, Urshela, 28, stepped in for the injured Andujar and hit 21 home runs with 74 RBI and a .314 batting average in 132 games.
The Yankees believe Urshela’s performance wasn’t a fluke and Cashman has said third base was his to lose.
But Andujar has plenty of value, and he could make a bigger impact outside of the Bronx.
In 2018, Andujar took over third base for the then-injured Brandon Drury and went on to finish second in the American League Rookie of the Year vote, finishing behind Angels star Shohei Ohtani. In 149 games, Andujar hit 27 home runs and drove in 92 runs with a .297 batting average.
Cashman hasn’t ruled out trying a hybrid role for Andujar, which could see him learn the outfield corners or first base. The Yankees haven’t told Andujar to begin practicing at another position yet, though he’s taken groundballs at first base during past spring trainings.