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MLB trade rumors: Yankees’ Miguel Andujar still ‘on the block’

During the MLB Winter Meetings last week in Las Vegas, Miguel Andujar’s name was making the rounds in rumored trade talks involving the Yankees.

Andujar finished second to Los Angeles Angels pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2018 after hitting .297 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI in 2018. But Andujar could be seen as expendable if the Yankees sign free-agent slugger Manny Machado.

In the short-term, Machado could play shortstop to replace the injured Didi Gregorius, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery, then slide over to third base and bump Andujar once Gregorius returns.

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman adds some fuel to the hot stove fire:

Miguel Andujar appears to be on the block, for the right price. Should the Yankees not sign Manny Machado, he’d play for shortstop, for now. But the Yankees would love to keep Didi Gregorius, a favorite, and that would necessitate moving Machado over to third base in a year. Machado has said he wanted to play shortstop for the next five years, or more, but he is thought to love the idea of going to the Yankees enough that that wouldn’t be a deal breaker (the White Sox might prefer him at third base, too, but they may not insist). A Yankees person said he sees Andujar eventually moving to first if Machado is brought in and eventually moved to third in the event of Gregorius’ re-signing.

Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @rosenstein73. Find NJ.com on Facebook.



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