Miguel Andujar of the Yankees was designated for assignment, and Zach Britton was activated from IL

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

Andujar, now 27, looked like an important long-term piece for the Yankees not too long ago. In his rookie season in 2018, Anjujar was a 23-year-old OPS+ 130 with 27 home runs, 47 doubles and 302 total bases in 149 games (and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Shohei Ohtani).

However, Andujar struggled from that high point and battled major shoulder and wrist issues. Since the start of the 2019 season, Andujar has played in just 105 games at the MLB level, and in that span he’s batting .228/.255/.318 (55 OPS+) with eight home runs. Between stints with the Yankees, he put up decent numbers in the minors, but his inability to rediscover the skills he showed as a rookie ultimately ended Andujar’s time with the organization.

The decision to DFA Andujar leaves Briton on the 40-man roster and not on the 40-man roster, having been on the 60-day injured list. Vandy Peralta’s trip to 15-day IL clears an active roster spot for Briton. As for Andújar, he will certainly be looked at by another, and maybe he needs a fresh start after several seasons of injury and struggle.




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