Pirates re-sign ex-Yankees hitters but exit former New York pitching prospect

You say goodbye, I say hello.

The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed a former New York Yankees prospect while letting another go.

Fanside’s Robert Murray reports that according to a source, “Miguel Andujar, Pirates agree $1.525 million and avoid arbitration.”

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The pirates claimed Andujar demanded waivers from the Yankees in September.

Andujar burst onto the scene in 2018 hitting 27 home runs with 92 RBI as a rookie third baseman for New York.

But Andujar tore his labrum on the opening weekend of 2019, marking the beginning of three injury-plagued years bouncing between the Bronx and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

Andujar hit a .229 home run in 27 games with the Yankees in 2022 before being drafted.

While Andujar will continue to call Pittsburgh home, the same cannot be said of Manny Banuelos.

MLB Trade Rumors reports, “The pirates didn’t write out leftist Manny Banuelos and catcher Tyler Heineman. Both were designated for deployment earlier this week.”

The Pirates acquired the left-handed Banuelos from New York in July for cash. In 31 appearances for Pittsburgh, Banuelos went 2-1 with a 4.96 ERA. Pirates manager Derek Shelton spoke highly of Banuelos upon his arrival from New York.

“The only thing you really like about Manny is that he wants the ball and he wants to throw it,” Shelton said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune review. “If you have a guy like that, you can use him.”

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Banuelos’ rise to fame was a long time coming, as “a highly respected Mexican league prospect who signed with the New York Yankees in 2008 before his 18th birthday.” According to NJ Advance Media’s Brendan Kuty:

In 2011, the Yankees’ most exciting talent was a 20-year-old Banuelos, a left-hander who seemed destined to lead the Bronx rotation for years to come.

By 2015, injuries and inconsistencies forced a 24-year-old Banuelos out of the organization via a move to brave.

Last year he opened up in Taiwan.

Banuelos returned to organization in the off-season, impressing in spring training but was pulled from camp at the last minute when he finally appeared close to wearing pinstripes. But he went to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, persevered, and the Yankees called him up on May 26.

Banuelos made four major league appearances with the Yankees, posting an impressive 2.16 ERA with eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

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