New York Yankees: Determining a third baseman for 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Gio Urshela #29 of the New York Yankees high-fives his teammates after hitting a home run during the second inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Gio Urshela #29 of the New York Yankees high-fives his teammates after hitting a home run during the second inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 18, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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The New York Yankees could be going into Spring Training with a battle for their starting third baseman between Miguel Andujar and Gio Urshela. Who should get the job?

Gio Urshela was one of the breakout stars for the New York Yankees in 2019 after the team had to endure what seemed like an endless amount  of injuries.

Urshela had an outstanding .314 batting average with over 20 home runs in 132 games last season.

But there is the possibility that he may not even be the starter come Opening Day.

Remember Miguel Andujar? Of course you do. He arguably should’ve won the Rookie of the Year award in 2018 over Shohei Ohtani.

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But he was sidelined in 2019 after injuring his shoulder while diving back into third base. He made just 47 plate appearances, hitting .128 with six hits.

So Aaron Boone might have a dilemma trying to decide who should be the third baseman.

But I believe that Gio Urshela should be the starting third baseman heading into Spring Training. He came in and he earned that title of being a starter, so in my view, I believe that Miguel Andujar is going to have to take the starting spot away from Urshela by outperforming him.

Andujar is a solid player but I just think that even though he had no control over the injury, he shouldn’t just get the job back without outperforming the guy that just hit over .300 in place of him.

I also think that Andujar would be one of the major pieces to be dealt back to a team if Brian Cashman were to make a trade for a superstar player like Josh Hader because of the depth the Yankees have around the infield with many versatile players.

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As for now, Andujar is still a member of the New York Yankees but that doesn’t mean he should be the starting third baseman coming off of his shoulder injury.