On Friday, SNY's MLB Insider Andy Martino sat down with Yankees manager Aaron Boone for an exclusive interview to talk about the upcoming season.
During the 2019 season, Gio Urshela started 109 games at third base for the Yanks with 24-year-old Miguel Andujar sidelined for most of the season. With Andujar coming back from an injury-filled season, Martino asked Boone if Urshela is locked in as the starter at third base for the Bombers in 2020.
"I think to some degree we're always in competition," Boone said. "We feel like Gio has shown himself to be our third baseman. And what he's able to do on both sides of the ball. He's also got to continue to go out there and earn those regular at-bats. Because we feel, like obviously, we have a lot of capable people that when guys fall off a little bit, there's going to be a fight for playing time."
Urshela had a breakout 2019 season in his first year with the team, batting .314 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI.
Andujar played in only 12 games in 2019, after finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2018. During the 2018 season, Andujar batted .297 with 27 home runs and 92 RBI.
"I would say one, that these things have a way of working themselves out," Boone said. "I feel like him moving around, he's been working at left, working obviously at third, and doing a little bit at first base to hopefully add to his versatility. But the biggest thing with Miguel now, he's still a very young player obviously, is he's missed a whole year. He's back healthy now. We just want him to be healthy and get those reps going again, because we know how special of a player he can be."