Healthy Aaron Judge expects busy Yankees offseason
8th November 2020

Aaron Judge is making bold predictions — for his own health and the Yankees’ future, this offseason and beyond.

The star outfielder expects the Yankees to be active adding pieces this offseason, a somewhat bold proclamation after managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said the team lost a lot of money — more than any other team — during the COVID-19-shortened season due to the absence of fans.

“I think we’re going to be adding a couple of guys free agent-wise that are going to help give us that boost to get to the next step,” Judge said in an online meet-and-greet with fans on “I know every year that I’ve played, we’ve been in the playoffs and we’ve had an OK run here and there. But it’s not our ultimate goal. Our ultimate goal is to bring a championship home back to New York and I think we’re going to be making some changes.”

It remains to be seen what those changes will be. The first priority should be retaining free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu, granted he doesn’t accept the team’s qualifying offer. The Yankees also need to make moves in their starting rotation, with James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka set to be free agents. They could make a run at Trevor Bauer, the Cy Young favorite in the National League, and possibly even look into free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto considering Gary Sanchez’s recent struggles.

The 28-year-old Judge’s future is also something to watch. He’s been bedeviled by injuries in recent years and is eligible to be a free agent after the 2022 season. He missed 32 games this year with a Grade 1 right calf strain, appeared in only 102 games in 2018 and 112 games in 2018.

“I’ll have a good offseason, stay healthy and play a full year not only next year but for many years to come,” Judge said. “I’m looking forward to that.

“I’m feeling great. Finally going to have a good offseason. No injuries [at the] end of the year. That’s one thing that always makes it tough. When playoffs come around, if you’ve got injuries, you put those to the side and just play through it. So, this year, kind of having nothing going into the end of the year has been great.”

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