MLB rumors: Yankees-Cardinals Miguel Andujar-Carlos Martinez trade is ‘food for thought’

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It’s no secret the New York Yankees have fallen out of love with Miguel Andujar.

It’s also no secret general manager Brian Cashman needs to upgrade his starting rotation for 2021.

Is it possible Cashman could kill two birds with one stone?

Rick Hummel, Hall of Fame columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, held an online chat this week with Cardinals fans. One of them asked about the possibility of acquiring Andujar from the Yankees in exchange for right-hander Carlos Martinez. Hummel’s answer didn’t disappoint.

The Cardinals will entertain any legitimate offer for Martinez although Andujar, partly because of a right shoulder injury, has done nothing for the Yankees the past two seasons. He had a big power year in 2018 but is a defensive liability at third or in the outfield and you might want to know if the National League is going to have a DH before you invest in him. But there’s some food for thought here and Andujar is under club control for several more years.

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Andujar’s playing time in 2020 was limited, with Gio Urshela entrenched at third base and Clint Frazier sharing outfield reps with Brett Gardner. Andujar, much to his dismay, spent much of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season at the team’s minor-league camp in Moosic, Pa. He played in 21 games for the Yankees, hitting .242 with one home run. But he’s just two years removed from being runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year, so the Cardinals could be intrigued by his untapped upside.

As for Martinez, the two-time All-Star has struggled with injuries the last three seasons. But he won a career-high 16 games in 2016 and saved 24 games in 2019, so if he’s healthy, the 29-year-old Martinez could be an intriguing addition to the Yankees’ pitching staff.

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