On Sunday, the MLB Winter Meetings officially started. And looks like New York Yankees are all set to lure their star player Aaron Judge back into the bullpen. Ever since Judge entered the free agency, the Bombers have been pushing their limits to re-sign their star player. However, contenders like Giants and Dodgers have become a big hurdle for the New York front office in the path to securing the outfielder. So, will Aaron Judge give in to the temptation and extend his stay with the Yankees? What if he chose to leave? Looks like fans will get the answers to these questions real soon.
However, to cover the Judge\’s backup, the Yankees are trying to persuade another star slugger of almost the same caliber. But who is that? Keep reading to find out.
Yankees Exploring Aaron Judge\’s Backup Option, Unsure Of His Return?
As per the reports, New York Yankees are eying Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds. This blasting news came in just a while after Reynolds requested a trade from the bullpen, according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Looks like the Bombers are unable to see themselves as the final bidder for Aaron Judge, who is expecting the biggest contract of all time in MLB history.
Reports are claiming that Judge might be eyeing a record-breaking nine-year contract. But the question is, who will acquire Aaron Judge, the Yankees Or the Giants? Apparently, General Manager Brian Cashman is doing his best to acquire the 62 Home Run beater. On the other hand, the Giants have brought in some star native players line NBA fame, Steph Curry, to pitch into Judge. However, a final decision from the most-desired Free Agent is still pending.
Will Bryan Reynolds Join New York Yankees?
As per the reports of MLB Network\’s Jon Heyman, the contract extension talks between Pirates and Brian Reynolds have finally come to an end. This came after the outfielder raised a trade request to the team. This came as a shock to the industry, as Reynolds was not in any row to join the unrestricted free agency till 2026. However, if an offer comes which will suffice both Reynold\’s & Pirates\’ demands, then he will be able to move on freely. And that\’s when the New York Yankees caught an eye on their backup option for Aaron Judge.
Statistically, Brian Reynolds averaged .283 with .302 hits and a .912 OPS in 2021. These numbers saw a little slump in the recent year. Still, if the Bombers are seeking Reynolds, they must\’ve looked for the quality in him they need in the bullpen. Besides Reynolds, the Yankees are also talking for Brandon Nimmo from New York Mets and Mitch Haniger from Seattle Mariners. If not Brian Reynolds, then any of the other two could possibly join the Yankees and try to fill in the void that Aaron Judge will leave if he departs.