One of the faces of the New York Yankees nearly made the cross-country trip to Southern California.
The Yankees and Los Angeles Angels “briefly” discussed a trade for slugger Aaron Judge this offseason, according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Olney added that the conversation was “the lightest of flirtations,” meaning talks likely never got too serious.
Judge has hit .271 for the Yankees over his six-year career, including 123 home runs and 276 RBI.
However, he has only played close to a full season in one of those years (2017) when he played 155 games. He was American League Rookie of the Year that season.
Judge averaged 107 games played per season in 2018-19 before playing in just 28 games in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 campaign.
The 28-year-old is set to be a free agent in 2023. He is a California native who was a college star at Fresno State.
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