Seattle acquires the disappointing prospect, Miguel Andujar, from the New York Yankees for two players who could use a change of scenery
Miguel Andujar was all the rage in 2018 when he won the Yankees third base job and hit 27 home runs with an .855 OPS at age 23 and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. Since then he has been extremely disappointing for Yankees fans as his poor defense took him out of the lineup in favor of Gio Urshela, and his bat did not do him any favors with a .476 OPS in 114 plate appearances in 2019-2020. Andujar is also running out of chances as he only has one minor league option left after being sent down twice, which will also bring down his trade value.
The Mariners should take advantage and send over two prospects who could use a change of scenery as well. Jake Fraley is an excellent MLB ready defensive prospect who has not been able to get regular at-bats in the majors due to his poor hitting. While he most likely won’t ever be able to break into Seattle’s crowded outfield, the Yankees could take a chance on Fraley who has excellent hitting stats in the minors since they need depth outfielders.
Sam Carlson, who we profiled not too long ago here on Sodo Mojo, so far has had a tough road in the minor leagues. The 15th ranked prospect in the Mariners system, Carlson had not pitched since 2017 before this year’s Fall Instructional League. He had Tommy John surgery in 2018 which kept him out two years, and then with no minor leagues last year Carlson could not get an opportunity to pitch. Carlson fits the mold of this trade as a former 2nd round pick and is the third player in this trade that could thrive getting an opportunity in a new location.