Yankees News: Aaron Judge chase, Gleyber Torres trades, Jacob deGrom

Adam Weinrib
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the second inning in game five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2022 in New York, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a home run against the Cleveland Guardians during the second inning in game five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2022 in New York, New York. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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The New York Yankees are locked into the rumor mill with renewed fervor so far during the 2022-23 offseason, but they still … can’t … really make any moves beyond Anthony Rizzo’s addition until Aaron Judge’s contract is settled.

Some believe that day will come sooner rather than later by the end of the Winter Meetings, but FanSided’s MLB insider Robert Murray says not so fast. Despite Judge dropping all sorts of hints that he prefers to stay in New York, and Hal Steinbrenner indicating that he will not be outbid, the Dodgers and Giants still have to prepare and present their packages. Judge didn’t choose to enter free agency so he could not shop around and see what teams are offering.

Meanwhile, despite DJ LeMahieu’s ongoing health issues — surgery, or no surgery? — the Yankees still seem prepared to trade Gleyber Torres with two years of control remaining before his free agency hits. The Mariners seem like a compelling landing spot.

Is no news good news on LeMahieu? Hard to tell. The man himself says he’s feeling great. Doctors aren’t sure whether or not he needs surgery. Probably a bad time to trade his insurance policy at second base, but that’s not for us to say.

More Yankees News

  • The Yankees have “checked in” on Jacob deGrom and requested the right-hander’s medicals, per Andy Martino of SNY. But what does that mean? The Yanks can’t make any sort of move on deGrom/in the deep end of the pool until they sort out the Aaron Judge chase. This is likely just due diligence; what, you’d rather operate all offseason long without the medicals? Especially considering these particular “medicals” are pretty important.
  • The Yankees and Red Sox are also after Kodai Senga, reaching out to the right-hander’s representatives. The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants are both after Senga as well, and the Mets have met with the right-hander, too. The Japanese star does not require a posting fee; he’s a free agent, and can sign with any team, though he prefers a big-market, analytically-minded club. So … all the clubs mentioned so far. Good talk.

MLB News

  • The New York Mets met with Justin Verlander virtually, which sounds a hell of a lot more impactful than the Yankees swiping deGrom’s X-Rays. If Verlander wants a “Max Scherzer Deal,” why not head to the team that handed out Max Scherzer’s deal?
  • The 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is out, and it’s full of names that’ll make you feel ancient. Jacoby Ellsbury’s in the mix. It’s bleak.

Expect more rumors all Thanksgiving weekend long. Happy to parse through the nonsense for you.

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