As Yankees GM Brian Cashman assesses his 26-man roster for next season, he'll most likely take a long, hard look at Miguel Andujar.
Why? Well, where does he truly fit?
He'll be 25 at the start of the season, and his 2018 campaign that saw him as the runner-up for Rookie of the Year made the Yankees very happy to see him trending in the direction of the other young superstars on their team.
However, after just 12 games in 2019, he was lost for the season, needing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Andujar has been rehabbing back and should be good for the start of spring training, but it might be too late.
Gio Urshela took over tremendously at third base, Andujar's position, last season. And the addition of DJ LeMahieu was monumental for this club, as he posted MVP-like numbers and can play all over the infield.
So Cashman will need to figure out if Andujar is worth keeping on the roster, or if he should entertain the phone calls he's getting about him.
Cashman spoke on ESPN radio's "The Michael Kay Show" on Wednesday where he admitted teams were contacting him about Andujar.
"I'm definitely getting a lot of interest in Miguel Andujar while I'm sitting down here," Cashman said, talking about the MLB GM Meetings down in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I've got clubs asking me, 'What are you going to do with him? We'd have an interest in him. Mark us down.'"
Andujar's bat is certainly his biggest appeal. He crushed 27 homers in 2018, while slashing .297/.328/.527 with 92 RBI and 47 doubles as well. His fielding at third base, though, has brought up some concern after he posted -25 defensive runs saved in that rookie year.
If Cashman can't trust him at third base -- or he can't make a transition to first base which has been suggested in the past -- then using Andujar as a DH would simply be a waste. When he was out last season, the depth in the clubhouse filled in very nicely, so Cashman could use him as a trade chip.
Would it be too early to give up on that kind of talent, though? That's why Andujar's Yankees future will be a big priority for Cashman this winter.