Will Aaron Judge Leave the Yankees as a Free Agent?
If by “leave the Yankees” you mean “take a lucrative deal somewhere else from the Yankees organization,” a lot of good players have turned down the opportunity to play for the Yankees.
You can look at the guys like Brian McCann or Jacoby Ellsbury who rejected the big money and stayed away from the club.
Another guy that I think crossed that line is Aaron Judge, who, based on comments he’s made over the last few years, is willing to take a substantial payday in the offseason.
Is Judge worth it? It’s hard to say, but it’s also hard to believe he’s that uninterested in playing baseball for the Yankees.
Here are the reasons: he’s 26 years old, a free agent at the end of this season, he’s a two-time MVP, is a two-time All-Star and he’s a leader of the team that has the second best record in baseball since returning from an 8-0 start to the season.
He might not be interested in staying as a Yankee, but as someone who was a big, big Yankee fan when he was growing up, I hope he reconsiders.
It’s not impossible. Judge has expressed interest in moving to a different team. Judge has said he’d like to play for a contender.
He said he wanted to play for the Yankees right after the season, or sometime during spring training, but as soon as the Yankees started playing better and he saw his team start to look good, he backed up on his decision.
When you’re a free agent, you can’t exactly say “I was thinking about it,” so I’d assume the other teams are thinking about making a move.
So I don’t know how much longer Judge will stay in New York. Right now