February 6, 2023

‘The longer it takes, the more risk you’re in’: Yankees are ‘in danger’ of losing Aaron Judge, who has ‘a lot of clout’ in talks to stay in New York, admits Brian Cashman as he waits for the slugger to to decide on his future

Shortly after signing a new four-year contract with the Yankees, general manager Brian Cashman sharpened his focus on one thing: the future of Aaron Judge.

The slugger hit a new American League record of 62 home runs last year before entering free service, with a number of elite sides seeking his signature.

Judge was recently photographed landing in San Francisco amid rumors of talks with the Giants, while another California team has been linked to him in the Dodgers.

The Yankees are willing to offer more than $300 million to get Judge back to New York, but a move to the West Coast could appeal to the 30-year-old, who grew up near San Francisco.

Aaron Judge's future is still unclear as he holds talks with teams about his next MLB move

Aaron Judge’s future is still unclear as he holds talks with teams about his next MLB move

Judge hit a new American League record 62 home runs for the Yankees last year

Judge hit a new American League record 62 home runs for the Yankees last year

Speaking to the New York Post, Cashman admitted that the Yankees have no choice but to play a dangerous game while waiting for Judge to let them know his decision.

“It only takes one team to take him from us,” Cashman said. ‘It’s a danger. We have done it many times and it has happened to us. We will see. We are negotiating hard.’

Cashman added that managing partner Hal Steinbrenner is “putting his money in the right place,” but it still doesn’t guarantee Judge will entrust his future to the Bronx.

The Post added that Cashman had a conversation with Judge’s agent, Page Odle, on Monday.

“You’ve seen in the last 48 hours that people are starting to make decisions,” Cashman said, referring to free agents like Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander.

“I don’t think we missed any time, but I understand that the longer it takes, the more risk you run.

“It’s easier if we drive it. We don’t drive it. He has a lot of power and he has earned that right.’

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted that there is a danger of Judge going elsewhere

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted that there is a danger of Judge going elsewhere

Judge went to watch his friend Tom Brady play for the Bucs on Monday night

Judge went to watch his friend Tom Brady play for the Bucs on Monday night

Judge took some time to think about his next move when he saw his friend Tom Brady in action for the Bucs on Monday night. Brady’s team beat the New Orleans Saints 17-16.

Earlier in the year, Judge appeared on Brady’s Let’s Go podcast shortly after eclipsing Rodger Maris’ AL record.

“It’s a shock,” Judge told Brady of what he’d accomplished. Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, the list goes on. You see them walking around Yankee stadium with their World Series rings, that’s Yankee legends and baseball greats.

“How can I ever be called with those guys? I just started my career, a few years later – what are you talking about? It is always a humbling experience to be in the same line and to be mentioned as some of those greats.

“But as you say, it’s hard to get used to. I get up every day and try to help the Yankees win a ball game. I never see myself there with Babe Ruth or Roger Maris, but it’s something I never take for granted.”

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