Andujar looked to be a cornerstone of the Yankees franchise after a breakout season in 2018. He finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, slashing .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs. Since then, he has only played in 90 games due to shoulder surgery and wrist issues.
While he has been on the IL, the Yankees have filled his void with other players such as Gio Urshela and Josh Donaldson. Andujar has grown increasingly frustrated by the lack of playing time and constant bouncing around between Triple-A and the majors.
Being optioned to Triple-A for Giancarlo Stanton just compounded the growing list of frustrations for Andujar. This is not the first time the 27-year-old has requested a trade. However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman does not want to unload him for cheap.
The Yankees are also under no obligation to trade him either since he is under team control through the 2024 season. Andujar is earning $1.3MM in 2022, in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Cashman may have no choice considering that Andujar is slashing just .234/.260/.329 in 319 plate appearances since from 2019-to 2022. He runs the risk of it plummeting further if he hangs onto the disgruntled prospect.
With his stock being on the downswing, the Chicago White Sox might be able to put a package together to acquire his services.
Andujar is a third baseman by trade but can also play outfield. The White Sox offense has been struggling so adding a player with high offensive upside could be just what they need to helo jump-start things.
The White Sox have a depleted farm system. They also have Yoan Moncada locked in at third base with Jake Burger backing him up.
They don’t need a third baseman. In the outfield, they are waiting for Eloy Jimenez to return from a rehab stint. However, given his injury history, it may be in their best interest to move him to designated hitter full time.
For the right price, Andujar could be a buy-low option with a high ceiling to spring for. It is going to be difficult for them to add any help at the trade deadline because of their lack of assets. They already got outbid for Sean Maneana’s services earlier this year.
But since Andujar’s stock is low, it is worth Rick Hahn to pick up the phone and inquire about adding him. The chances of the White Sox acquiring him are slim to none. But here are three trade packages the White Sox could try and put together if they wanted to add Andujar: