New York Yankees starting right fielder Aaron Judge quickly became a sensation in the Bronx, but the former phenom might very well become trade bait before too long as the American League East ballclub continues to struggle.
With the Yankees emerging from the holiday weekend with two losses to the cross-town rival New York Mets en route to now sitting just one game over .500, New York could be in the unusual position of becoming sellers ahead of this year’s MLB trade deadline.
Thanks to the presence of the arch rival Boston Red Sox, defending American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays and the upstart Toronto Blue Jays, the postseason doesn’t seem as likely for the Yankees as it did back on Opening Day. Not only that, but New York’s absolutely ridiculous streak of consecutive winning seasons — one that dates all the way back to 1992 — is very much in jeopardy.
Now at a disappointing 42-41 in 2021 and with the aforementioned Judge having only one more full season remaining on his current contract, could the “Bronx Bombers” look to move the power-hitting right fielder as the trade deadline rapidly approaches? Because the Yankees don’t seem to be headed anywhere special in 2021 and the 29-year-old Judge slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2022 campaign, now might be the time for New York to capitalize on his star power by trading him away to a contending team.
However, it remains to be seen as to whether or not clubs from around the big leagues can string together some offers that will ultimately interest the Yankees as there is no shot that New York decides to part ways with a player as well liked as Judge for peanuts.
Yankees trade partners for Aaron Judge:
1. Los Angeles Angels
Although the New York Yankees would like to trade former All-Star right fielder Aaron Judge completely out of the American League, settling for the American League West might also need to be an option for the “Bronx Bombers.” One team that could no doubt use Judge’s services both now and into next season — and, of course, beyond 2022 if possible — is the Los Angeles Angels. With the likes of center fielder Mike Trout and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani currently serving as two of the three biggest starts in the game, adding a player of Judge’s caliber both on and off the field could do wonders for a franchise looking to get back to relevancy.
Because Judge only has one-plus season left on his current contract, there is probably a close to zero percent chance that the Yankees will be able to get back one of the Angels’ top prospects in such a deal. Outfielders Brandon Marsh and Jordyn Adams are two of the Angels’ top three prospects and are probably off limits, though outfielders D’Shawn Knowles, David Calabrese and Alexander Ramirez are also top 1o prospects in Los Angeles.