Minnesota named as possible landing spot for Aaron Judge

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It’s Wednesday morning in late June and the 2022 Major League Baseball season is in full swing. Teams have more than 1/3 of their schedules, All-Star cards are being delivered, and the talk about the trade deadline is heating up. So when you land on the internet today, you might reasonably expect to find some Minnesota Twins rumors circulating.

But there is a story from MLB ($$$) on ESPN that I wouldn’t have believed was published, except for reading it with my own eyes. Baseball guy with a big wig, Buster Olneywriting about New York Yankees superstar Aaron Judge, who lands with the Minnesota Twins.

Obviously, the best team in the league isn’t moving Judge, their best player, before the impending trade deadline. But the New York Yankees are in talks for a new contract with the 30-year-old slugger. And if the two sides do not come to terms, he will become a free agent in this upcoming offseason. If that were to happen, the twins would be one of eight possible landing spots, according to Olney.

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Like the Giants, they have some flexibility on their payroll going forward, as they demonstrated by landing Carlos Correa – and assuming Correa won’t stay on for the full term of the three-year deal he signed with Minnesota, those dollars could be devoted to Judge. . But it seems highly unlikely that Judge would land anywhere other than a big market squad.

The other seven teams listed are all market giants. Among them are Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Angels and Giants. Let’s be real. On this list, twins stick out like an underdeveloped thumb over an adult hand filled with large, well-groomed, regularly worked fingers.

What’s going on?

Buster Olney, and whoever is providing him with this information (probably the judge’s agent), sees the Minnesota Twins as a possible fallback option for a superstar who doesn’t end up with the long-term contract he wants in free agency. Just like what’s happening with Carlos Correa in the present. Will Falvine and the Pohlads sign Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa or any other prominent player with an 8 to 10 year contract worth over $ 300 million?

Probably not, but they have clearly demonstrated to insiders and player agents across the league that they are willing to spend a lot of money as long as the terms are short and / or flexible. Aaron Judge is an interesting case, however, because he’s (just) over 30.

On the surface, this should make twins a less likely destination. Why would he want to sign a 1 or 2 year contract that would only make him less valuable when he reaches free will again? But Buster Olney has more influence than any other baseball insider. And Judge would look great with a lighter shade of navy blue …

Eric Strack | Minnesota sports fan

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