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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 3, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 3, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 06: Miguel Andujar #41 of the New York Yankees fields a ground ball during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Although the Mets and Yankees have a fierce and sometimes bitter rivalry, they have executed trades between the two in the past, and they should do so again. As it so happens, the Yankees have a quagmire at third base: With Gio Urshela playing well enough to secure the starting third base spot moving forward, that leaves a talented young player, Miguel Andujar, on the bench, wasting away his productive years.

Andujar is essentially the Yankees version of J.D. Davis. He plays third base and left field and has showcased a potent offensive bat. Andujar’s breakout year was in 2018, his sophomore season. In 2018, Andujar hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. He is also only 25 (will turn 26 during the 2021 season), so it is not unreasonable to expect that he would be a productive player for the foreseeable future.

A trade for Miguel Andujar would set the Mets up at the hot corner for the foreseeable future.

Unlike Davis though, Andujar has a porous walk rate. As a result, his value to a team’s offense will depend on whether he is hitting well. If he goes cold or has an extended slump, he becomes a liability to have in the lineup because of his inability to impact a game. The good news for the Mets is that even if they were to acquire Andujar, they will still, more than likely, have Guillorme and Villar, so if Andujar were to struggle, the Mets have two options that could fill in.

However, Andujar, with three years of club control remaining, is talented enough to contribute to the Mets success now and in the future, providing them with another young player to build around.

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