MLB insider predicts Yankees’ Brian Cashman’s ‘big move’ if Aaron Judge leaves
Be prepared. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman must embrace the Boy Scouts motto this offseason, especially when it comes to free-agent slugger Aaron Judge. Re-signing the 30-year-old outfielder is New York’s top priority, but with the San Francisco Giants ready to chase the Bay Area native, Cashman needs to be ready to pivot. That’s where The Athletic’s Jim Bowden enters the picture. The former GM has an idea what Cashman’s backup plan could be if Judge leaves town.
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This prospect was once one of the hottest hitters in New York's farm system, before he was traded away in 2021
Former Yankees prospect Hoy Park was traded from the Pirates to the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Park, 26, was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh earlier in the week. Boston sent minor league left-hander Inmer Lobo to Pittsburgh in the deal.
The infielder's tenure within the Yankees farm system ended ahead of the 2021 trade deadline. The lefty-swinging prospect was having an unbelievable season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, making a case for a role with the big-league club that summer. Suddenly, Park was included in a trade with the Pirates for a right-hander named Clay Holmes, a pitcher that had some potential but hadn't panned out in Pittsburgh.
Aaron Judge apologizes to Giancarlo Stanton after winning AL MVP
Judge, who slugged 62 home runs during the regular season, joined MLB Network for an interview during the presentation of the award. His Yankees teammate, Giancarlo Stanton, presented him with the award. Stanton was elated to present Judge with the honor, and Judge was grateful to receive the award. But Judge apologized to Stanton for one thing. Passing the torch from the former tallest MVP in MLB history to the new [email protected] | @Giancarlo818 | @Yankees | #RepBX pic.twitter.com/G3kwIYGA20 — MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 18, 2022 “Sorry for beating you out on the tallest MVP now,” Judge joked to his teammate.
It's safe to say that trade worked out in New York's favor. Park went on to appear in only 67 games with the Pirates, hitting .202 with a .641 OPS. In 2022, Park played in just 23 games with Pittsburgh, slashing .216/.276/.373 with two home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored.
Park made just one appearance in a Yankees uniform before he was traded away, striking out at Yankee Stadium in his MLB debut on July 16 against, you guessed it, the Red Sox.
Meanwhile, Holmes blossomed in pinstripes, transforming into an All-Star closer. The right-hander didn't end the 2022 season on a high note, regressing and missing time due to injury, but he was unhittable in the first half, playing a key role during New York's historic start to the campaign.
Barring any major moves within the bullpen this offseason, Holmes will pick up where he left off as New York's closer in 2023. The righty finished his first full season with the Yankees with a 2.54 ERA, recording the first 20 saves of his career.
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For those of you who belong to the Steinbrenner Must Sell army and have co-membership in the Cashman Must Go club, you might want to consider a brief truce. Step back, exhale slowly and accept the possibility that the Yankees’ front office has an effective ground game with free agent Aaron Judge. As a matter of fact, it was a good week for both owner and GM. Hal Steinbrenner has already had a heart-to-heart with Judge and walked away convinced the slugger wants to be a Yankee. The vibe grew even stronger on Thursday when Brian Cashman revealed the club has delivered a concrete offer. It’s sitting on Judge’s desk, awaiting his signature.
The other prospect Pittsburgh acquired in the Holmes trade is shortstop Diego Castillo. Castillo played 96 games for the Pirates in 2022, hitting .206/.251/.382.
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Yankees see AL East rival jump into Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds trade talks .
The MLB Winter Meetings are about more than just big-name free agents signing crazy contracts. It gives general managers face time with each other to talk trades. And the biggest chip out there right now is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds. BUY MLB TICKETS: STUBHUB, VIVID SEATS, TICKETSMARTER, TICKETMASTER Here are the latest updates and rumors on the 27-year-old, who set a career high with 27 home runs in 2022 and was an All-Star in 2021. Monday MLB Network’s Jon Morosi: “The #BlueJays are a team to watch in the Bryan Reynolds market. They have interest in him and want to add an athletic switch hitter to their outfield.