• I Would Trade Aaron Judge NOW

    Posted by on December 19th, 2016 · Comments (15)

    If he’s 275 pounds at age 24, pretty soon he’s going to be too big to move around on the field.

    Yes, I know he’s 6′ 7″ tall. Doesn’t matter. Still going to be too big.

    Plus, if you give him 600 PA in 2017, he’s going to strikeout 190+ times. And, unless he has an OPS of 850 or better, everyone is going to harp on those strikeouts – because players who strike out THAT MUCH look bad.

    Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler and Mark Payton are not that far away. And, you still have Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin.

    Plus, Blake Rutherford might be coming fast. And, besides, everyone says the Yankees are going after Harper when he’s a free agent. (And, that would be a mistake, by the way.)

    The value on Aaron Judge may never be higher at this point. Trade him for Jose Quintana, Danny Duffy or Sonny Gray.

    At best, Judge is going to be Richie Sexson or Tony Clark. He’s not going to be Frank Thomas. Trade him now and take advantage of his prospect worth while he still has it.

    Comments on I Would Trade Aaron Judge NOW

    1. December 19th, 2016 | 1:17 pm

      He’s closing in on 25 years old (April 2017). High water mark for him, think Steve Balboni. Cashman (God help us) should be exploring all options at this point. If they can get a real prospect for him, I would be all over that.

    2. December 19th, 2016 | 4:10 pm

      Maybe Judge can be the next Giancarlo Stanton? But, he’s way more likely to be the next John Mayberry Jr.

    3. Evan3457
      December 19th, 2016 | 7:37 pm

      A couple of things…

      1) Yes, I agree that if they can trade him for something of real value, they probably ought to.

      2) You’re not getting Quintana or Duffy for him. Maybe as part of a package, and probably with Judge not the biggest piece. Gray is more achievable because he has his own injury risks.

      3) They’re not going to trade him without giving him a legit shot in right field, because his recent history has him struggling at higher levels until he adjusts.

      4) He’s not going to be Stanton, and he never was. By the time Stanton was Judge’s age, he had already hit 150 HRs in the majors. If they’re lucky, he might still turn in Jay Buhner, or something like him.

    4. December 20th, 2016 | 11:44 am

      I just wish he was 30 pounds lighter.

    5. KPOcala
      December 20th, 2016 | 2:30 pm

      @ Steve L.:Steve, I think that given his frame, thirty pounds is meaningless, unless it’s fat. There have been some outfielders pretty close in size to Judge who had really valuable careers. I’d like to see him sink or swim with the Yankees. Seeing Evan mentioning Jay Buhner almost made me crack a tooth 😉

    6. December 20th, 2016 | 6:54 pm

      There have been a few as tall as him. But, none as tall and big. Other than Stanton, I can’t think of any that big all around.

    7. KPOcala
      December 20th, 2016 | 10:42 pm

      @ Steve L.:Dave Parker, “6’5″ 230″, according to baseball-reference.com Also, Dave Winfield listed at 6’6” 220# (obviously, he was still playing the outfield weighing much more, as was Parker). A few others….. I looked at the HOF inductees, of course it’s not surprising that nobody is in there that is a “match”, but…. There are not that many people that are > 6’4″ in the population, Winfield, Parker, Frank Thomas were tall, big men who managed to “cover the strike-zone” in their careers (and is one or two inches that much harder to cover?). So, it would seem that lack of success from men his size is not “causal”, his size for baseball is just an anomaly. From what I’ve read, Judge can run, throw, and field, being “above-average” in those facets of the game. It seems that what it comes down to is that Judge is probably a “boom or bust” type player; his current attraction in the trade-market can’t be THAT great, right now. IMHO, he’s a great lottery ticket, the Yankees would be foolish not to let things play out. And if his bat can play in right-field, then it would at first base, or DH if/when he can’t move in the OF. And man, what fun it would be watching him hit those shots over “The Monster”!

    8. December 21st, 2016 | 6:15 pm

      Parker was 230 pounds. Judge is 275 pounds. It’s a huge difference.

    9. KPOcala
      December 21st, 2016 | 10:00 pm

      @ Steve L.:No question. Well, I suppose that it comes down to a bit of luck, tendon/ligament strength, and of course the ability to hit. But Judge IS a good athlete, maybe not a “Winfield”, but “up there” with big men who have played baseball. That smoothness will help to mitigate some of the size, but…… he’ll be an interesting “case”, and one that hopefully plays out for our team. Only the gods of biomechanics understand his case.

    10. redbug
      December 22nd, 2016 | 11:50 pm

      The money is crazy. Did you see the pirates give Nova $26 milion for 3 year because he gave then 2 nice mos last yr?

    11. December 23rd, 2016 | 9:49 am

      Pirates work miracles with pitchers. Would not shock me to see him do well there.

    12. OldYanksFan
      December 23rd, 2016 | 12:14 pm

      @ KPOcala:Frank Howard: Height: 6′ 7″, Weight: 255 lb.

    13. Evan3457
      December 24th, 2016 | 10:46 am

      OldYanksFan wrote:

      @ KPOcala:Frank Howard: Height: 6′ 7″, Weight: 255 lb.

      Howard was almost certainly closer to 300 lbs. later in his career.

    14. Greg H.
      May 4th, 2017 | 9:23 am

      The value on Aaron Judge may never be higher at this point…
      Trade him now and take advantage of his prospect worth while he still has it…

      Then again…maybe don’t pull the trigger on that trade just yet. 😉

    15. May 4th, 2017 | 3:50 pm

      Well, his value will probably never be higher…and, it still remains to be seen how well his play holds up as he gets older.

      He could get too heavy to play the field. Or, his huge muscles could break down on him like Giambi, Juan Gone and Blomberg.

      The jury is still out.

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