Aaron Judge is the Yankees biggest bargain. With the Yanks playoffs over, it's wait till next year.
Aaron Judge, the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year returned to the lineup September 18th after being out while recovering from a broken wrist (a chip fracture) after being hit by a pitch on July 27th.
The injury could have been a lot worse. No surgery was required. The Yankees struggled without him. After missing 7 1/2 weeks he returned to play in the playoffs. He hit a monster HR in Fenway Park to dead center, but the Yankees fell to Boston 3 games to 1.
The New York Yankees who finished the season 100-62 have not one, but three big man who are bona-fide sluggers; Judge, Sanchez and the offseason acquired via trade 2017 NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton.
The new big man, Giancarlo Stanton (6' 6", 245) was acquired from Derek Jeter's (CEO) Miami Marlins.
Stanton earned $25 million this season. He struggled early on. However, he hit much better later on and finished the year with 38 HRs, 100 RBIs, .266
Stanton had a few unforgettable games this season in which he whiffed five times in each game and was booed loudly in the Bronx.
Early on this season while he struggled you had to wonder why he was acquired when they without a doubt have the biggest bargain in baseball in slugger and their home grown talent Aaron Judge. Judge stands 6' 7" and weighs 282 pounds. Not to mention the Yankees outfield is already crowded with more than a few high-salaried players.
In 2018, Aaron Judge was on pace prior to the wrist injury to match, even exceed the success he had in 2017. To date, Judge has 27 HRs and 67 RBIs to go with a .280 average.
Judge had a great 2017 finishing with big numbers; 52 HRs, 114 RBIs while batting .284. In his 3rd season he will earn a mere $622,300. He doesn't become a free agent until 2023. However will be eligible for arbitration in 2020.
In addition to AL Rookie of the Year honors, he won the MLB HR contest as he did in college and finished 2nd in the AL MVP Award voting. However, it's likely that will be his last HR Derby as he later admitted he suffered from a sore shoulder which put him in a prolonged slump months later though he did finish the season strong.
Judge is a super success story considering he was drafted in the 31st Round with 935th overall pick in 2010. He is an above average fielder who has a strong throwing arm.
The Yankees may in 2019 have another Mantle-Maris tandem as Stanton and Judge are capable of hitting 50+ homers apiece. That is if both can duplicate what they did in 2017 and stay healthy.
Though I am lifelong Met fan, I can't but be an Aaron Judge fan based upon what he's already accomplished as well as being a slugger who's so humble.
The good news for Judge is; he signed an exclusive deal with Adidas believed to be worth well in excess of $1,000,000 which is nearly double his salary This is in addition to his existing Pepsi endorsement.
I'm happy to note someone other than the Yankees are paying this promising star the money he deserves.