Thursday, June 9, 2022


It's no secret that Aaron Judge is beloved and valued. I love the guy and want to see him stay in the Bronx but at the right price. I know a lot of us feel the same way but there are others that think the Yankees should write a blank check because money is no object.

I get it, the Yankees are worth $7 billion and can open their wallets if they want that doesn't mean they should. They should be concerned with return on investment also, but Jon Heyman seems to think Judge is the best position player and should be paid as such, read more HERE

I think Heyman has lost ALL of his marbles because calling Judge BETTER than Mike Trout is just irrational. Trout has a resume that all baseball fans should respect. He's a damn good player and he's been consistent even though his team have struggled since 2009. Judge is off to one hell of a season and he is playing better than Trout NOW but Heyman says he is better and should be paid MORE than Trout.

Here's pat of what Heyman had to say:
"If Judge isn’t Trout now, it’s because he’s better. Truth is, he's better than anyone else, too. There’s no winning argument to be made that he’s deserving of anything less than that $36 million best-in-the-business standard. He bet on himself, and he won big."

Wow, that's a statement. Sure, right now Judge is playing better than Trout. Judge's .315 BA, 22 homeruns and 45 RBIs are impressive but Trout is a nine-time MLB All-Star, three-time American League MVP and is an eight-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. He's got a long history of being one of the best (if not the best) players in the last decade. He played well consistently to get that $36 million a year long term contract.

But Judge hasn't and as much as I would like to see Judge stay a Yankee he doesn't deserve a 8-10 year commitment at or exceeding Trout money. At the end of the day he is 30 years old, injury prone and has too many lengthy slumps for my liking. The Yankees would be reckless to give another long term deal at top dollar to Judge when they already have big contracts to pay to Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton.

Another contract like that and I can already hear Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner talking about the luxury tax for many many years. This could be a contract that limits the teams flexibility to improve the roster for years to come and these mega deals never work out for the teams. No player is worth Trout type one.

So I agree with Heyman on one thing - this IS Judge's team. Hopefully it will be for a long time just like he said.....but at the right terms. 

--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Senior Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj

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