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Yankees’ Miguel Andújar Selected For Command, Zack Britton Activated From IL

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The New York Yankees announced a series of moves on Thursday, most notably the return of a veteran lefty reliever Zack Britton and an end to Miguel Andujar’s time in the Bronx.

Andújar, now 27, looked like an important long-term piece for the Yankees not too long ago. In his rookie season of 2018, Andújar set a OPS+ of 130 and had 27 home runs, 47 doubles and 302 bases total in 149 games (and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Shohei Ohtani).

However, since that peak, Andújar has struggled with major shoulder and wrist problems. Since the start of the 2019 season, Andújar has played only 105 games in the MLB level, during which time he hit .228/.255/.318 (55 OPS+) with eight home runs. In between his stints with the Yankees, he managed to get good grades in the minors, but his inability to rediscover the skills he showed as a rookie ultimately ended Andújar’s time with the organization.

The decision to DFA Andujar frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Britton, who had been on the 60-day injured list and thus not on the 40-man. Wandy Peraltas trip to the 15-day IL frees up an active roster spot for Britton. As for Andújar, he will almost certainly be taking a look at another organization, and a fresh start is probably just what he needs after several seasons of injuries and struggles.

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