Brian Cashman in touch with Aaron Judge as Yankees top priority

Brian Cashman in touch with Aaron Judge as Yankees top priority

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he was in touch with superstar outfielder Aaron Judge’s agent, Page Odle, and reiterated that Judge remains their top priority. Responding to a comment from someone who had recently spoken to the Yankees camp and suggested they didn’t seem too confident or interested in re-signing the judge, Cashman said, “Anyone who said that, I would test them. “

Cashman added, however, that he had no idea what their chances were and he didn’t know who else was targeting Judge. He also said he did not seek or gain last-ditch advantage against Judge.

The only team known to be in the judging market is San Francisco, and to that end, Giants baseball president Farhan Zaidi has suggested they have the wherewithal to make big moves.

“From a financial point of view, there is no one who would be beyond our capacity,” he said.

The Giants were disappointed to go from an MLB record 107 wins in 2021 to a .500 team last season, and they are in contact with several free agents. Although they have Brandon Crawford, whom Zaidi has called “the best shortstop in franchise history”, he has spoken to the best shortstops in the market and has the idea that one or more of them they might be willing to move to second base.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees jogs for batting practice
The Yankees remain committed to signing Aaron Judge, but will have competition on the West Coast.
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Jacob deGrom has let the Rangers know he’s interested in them (as well as presumably the Mets and possibly others), but Carlos Rodon may end up being a better choice for Texas.

Rangers are probably still a year or two away from arguing, and Rodon at 30 could perform better than deGrom at 34. Rodon will have a larger market – as deGrom is expected to seek over $40 million, which will limit his scope. Texas should pursue all top starters and will likely sign multiple starters even after acquiring Jake Odorizzi in the trade. Rangers baseball president Chris Young suggested they consider all viable starters, including top players.

The Rangers showed they’re a serious player by spending $500 million on a double play combination last winter.

The Angels aren’t trading two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, but they won’t try to lock him up either. This will be left to the new owner. The Angels are believed to have very little player flexibility. They’re looking for a shortstop, but not a top four (or top four if you prefer). … People expect the Cubs to be serious shortstop players this winter. They are four big ones on the market. They could move Nico Hoerner to 2B. The Phillies will also be looking at the top of the shortstop market. They could move Bryson Stott to No. 2.

The White Sox plan to move Andrew Vaughn to his natural first base position. Although they leave the door open for longtime star Jose Abreu, it seems likely that he will go to a new team.

Teams are bringing in Lucas Giolito, but the White Sox feel no pressure to move him after his 2022 off season.

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