Will Aaron Judge Leave the Yankees as a Free Agent?
How can you get Judge to play for you?
There are so many potential landing spots for Judge that it would be foolish to even attempt a list. The Yankees cannot afford to lose five free agents for one of the worst contracts in all of baseball history. The Yankees need to make a decision this offseason.
Will Judge play for the Yankees this season? What might he bring to the table when he does?
The Yankees had many options at the deadline. I could have just given you a list of guys they could have signed, but I wanted to give you a list that has some of the best value available at their price point.
Let’s take a look at the guys that would make the Yankees a top contender in free agency this offseason.
Aaron Judge, Free Agent
Judge is a polarizing figure. We have watched him grow as a player in the last decade, and it hasn’t been pretty. He is in the final year of his contract under his rookie deal, and the Yankees can’t afford to lose a part of their future on a contract that could be as bad as his first one.
Judge has already been suspended for the first half of the season and could potentially miss more games for his actions from July. But it’s possible that a suspension has not been a factor in Judge’s game-winning homer against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.
If Judge stays for the rest of the season, his first season in the majors could be very, very good. Judge has a cannon and a big contract that he earned, and he has been a solid reliever for the Yankees for the last four seasons.
The Yankees have had a great run with Judge. A few of his best moments in pinstripes have come while playing for the Yankees, but he has been erratic since moving to the bullpen. He has had a rough first inning in two of his last three games with a four-game losing streak in his last two.
If Judge can stay healthy and play the second half of the season, it would be nice to see the Yankees get their first division title since the Bronx Bombers won their first in 1977. At the very least, Judge could finish the season with the second-best WAR among all qualifying pitchers.