The player creating the most chatter around the Yankees' organization not named Manny Machado has been young third baseman Miguel Andujar. While he had a historic rookie season at the plate in 2018, his defense left much to be desired and has resulted in his name appearing in trade rumors all offseason long. 


Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Andujar has been laser-focused this offseason on improving his skills with the leather and proving to the Yankees that he should be viewed as an asset instead of a trade chip

According to former Yankees infield coach Carlos Mendoza, Andujar wants to be a great defensive player and has the work ethic to back up his desire. 


Of course, he still has a long way to go before being considered even a 'good' third baseman, as he made 15 errors at the hot corner last season and was last in among third basemen with a mark of minus-29 defensive runs saved. 


Even though he is working his tail off, the fruits of his labor might not be enjoyed by the Yankees down the line, as he could fetch too much value on the market to turn down the chance to deal him.

The Yankees seem more concerned with landing a sure thing in Manny Machado than betting on Andujar's future, which is just business at the end of the day. However, I would not be surprised to see him turn things around defensively and become a player that haunts the Yankees for years to come based off the work he's putting in. 


No matter which uniform he wears in 2019 and beyond, Andujar figures to improve as a third baseman. And the Yankees have to be awfully careful about just how just how high they're convinced his ceiling really is.