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Aaron Judge is Baseball's Biggest Bargain who earns a small MLB salary.
The 10-9 Yankees have not one, but now three big man who are bona-fide sluggers; Judge, Sanchez and Stanton.
The new big man, Giancarlo Stanton (6'6", 245) was acquired from Derek Jeter's (CEO) Miami Marlins in the offseason.
Stanton will earn $25 million this season. He's struggling early on; 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, .200. Stanton has already had two games in which he whiffed five times in each game and was booed loudly.
You have wonder why he was acquired when they without a doubt have the biggest bargain in baseball in slugger their home grown Aaron Judge who stands 6' 7" and weigh 282 pounds. Not to mention the Yankees outfield is already crowed with more than a few high-salaried players.
Meanwhile in 2018, Judge has 6 HRs and 15 RBIs to go with a .343 average in 19 games. Because of Stanton and due to an injury to Ellsbury, he's already played centerfield and been the DH yet he is by far the better outfielder.
Judge had a great 2017 season earning the AL Rookie of the Year after he finished 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 contest 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 end up having 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.
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 recently signed an exclusive deal with Adidas believed to be worth well in excess of $1,000,000 which is nearly double his salary. Happy to note someone is paying this promising star the money he deserves.