As the hot stove continues to burn, we received another interesting tidbit out of the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Brendan Kuty of NJ.com published a story earlier referencing some interesting comments from Brian Cashman regarding Miguel Andujar on the Michael Kay Show.
“I’m definitely getting a lot of interest in Miguel Andujar while I’m sitting down here. I’ve got clubs asking me, ‘What are you going to do with him? We’d have an interest in him. Mark us down.”‘
Obviously, with the emergence of Gio Urshela, the Yankees do not have a clear place for Andujar. Cashman mentioned possibly shifting Andujar to the outfield or first base, but the Yankees appear to be mostly set at those places as well.
Cashman compared Andujar to Alfonso Soriano. Like Andujar, Soriano was a young and up and coming masher who didn’t have a clear positional fit. Despite this, the Yankees always found a spot for him. He played some outfield and then settled in at second base.
This could be a bit of foreshadowing, as Soriano was eventually traded for Alex Rodriguez in the spring of 2004.
If Andujar were to be moved, he could be part of a package used to acquire a starting pitcher from a team in need of a proven bat.