Should The New York Yankees Trade Aaron Judge

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Despite being labeled as the “lightest of flirtation,” in the report by ESPN’s Buster Olney that the New York Yankees discussed closing down “The Judge’s Chamber” this past offseason. The report, which came one day before Aaron Judge’s 29th birthday, left me wondering if the tall, talented, but often injured right fielder would remain with the team after the 2022 season when he is set to become a free agent. With the team in desperate need of pitching and their lineup full of power hitters, is the fastest way for the Yankees to get better is to move Aaron Judge? Or would a trade happen to ensure the team gets something for their investment rather than lose him for nothing next year? Either way, the question is now being asked: Should the New York Yankees trade Aaron Judge? 

The worst kind of talent in sports is when you can see it, but as a team, aren’t able to fully harness it. For the New York Yankees, that problem lies with the talent of Aaron Judge, a player who when healthy can average one home run for every four games he plays. The problem for Judge is being able to play more than 70% of his team’s games, something he has failed to do because of injury in each of the last three seasons. 

The reports were that the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees had some discussions about Aaron Judge this past offseason. The Angels, as you might remember, were able to acquire Dexter Fowler from the Cardinals without giving up any of their top minor league prospects since St. Louis was more interested in ridding themselves of a bad contract.

From the Yankees’ standpoint, however, the talks may be an indication they feel Judge may be their most valuable asset in any trade talks. Meaning that if, or when general manager Brian Cashman determines that a move needs to be made, it will involve dealing the right fielder. It also may mean that the team is willing to let the 6’ 7” Judge walk as a free agent rather than pay him huge money after the 2022 season.

As Major League Baseball is played in 2021, Aaron Judge’s value as a home run hitter is at an all-time low. That’s because so many players can hit home runs on a regular basis, and are encouraged to by their team. Judge does have an All-Star caliber arm in right field, adding to his value; but his need to be rested and his inability to stay healthy offset that ability somewhat. 

Aaron Judge could help a team add punch to their lineup by becoming a fourth of fifth hitter for a contender in 2021 or 2022 if the Yankees are unable to right their ship and continues to struggle. Trading Judge may also serve as the spark that the Yankees’ “All-or-Nothing” lineup needs to shake them up since it would mean anyone in their clubhouse is replaceable. 

With Judge also being a redundant part and likely to bring back something good in return, it may become necessary for Brian Cashman to make a bold move not only to save the 2021 or 2022 season by trading him, but it also may save Cashman’s own job as well. That’s why, if you ask me, not only should the New York Yankees trade Aaron Judge between now and the 2022 trading deadline, they almost have to, since by not doing so, they will have left an opportunity to make their team better. That failure could result in the firing of Cashman since one World Series win since 2000 was never enough success for anyone before this general manager, and is never acceptable for anyone who holds that job with the Pinstripes despite how much money he is saving the franchise in payroll. 

 


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