1. An Aaron Judge Extension
If the Yankees “can’t move on with their offseason” until Aaron Judge is extended, then … extend Aaron Judge!
David Cone was the first prominent voice this offseason to note that, hey, it might be a little uncomfortable for the homegrown superstar entering his walk year to watch the Yankees splashing cash on Carlos Correa or Corey Seager without taking care of him first.
And … noted! The Yankees’ forthcoming Judge extension shouldn’t stop them from entering the rest of the market, but it also makes perfect sense that they wouldn’t want to step on any local toes by going buck wild in free agency without also addressing their best player and the face of the franchise.
In the interest of having as drama-free an offseason as possible whenever this lockout is resolved, we resolve to help out Hal Steinbrenner in any way he requires to make a Judge extension possible. Avoiding nastiness will be huge for us moving forward.
Is it a money problem? It shouldn’t be, but I’m happy to buy another medium soda to take care of an additional $150 donation. It is a long-term worry about Judge’s body breaking down? Fair, but once again, the Yankees should be able to eat that cost with ease. We’re not talking about a $350 million deal here.
If Judge really is your captain, it might be a good idea to empower him that way before an extremely stressful “walk year” that never should’ve arrived. As long as the lockout’s over before Spring Training, a Judge extension should be announced at a surprise press conference on Day 1. Aaron Judge should be a Yankee today, tomorrow, forever.