No, you don�t fix the Yankees by trading Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge Image - Getty Images The trade season in baseball is well underway. The Blue Jays have acquired Adam Cimber from the Marlins and Corey Dickerson, while the White Sox are pursuing Eduardo Escobar, Diamondbacks infielder. The deadline has been extended to July 31, this year. Many teams will be trying to fill in any gaps on their rosters over the next month to try and win a championship. There is no contender that has bigger problems than the Yankees. They are currently fourth in the American League East with just two games more than.500, a record worse than the Seattle Freakin Mariners. New York is, however, in an odd spot as it approaches the trade deadline. The Bronx Bombers rank 14th in American League runs scored, despite being fifth in the Junior Circuit's on-base percentage at.319. It was justified by trading Aaron Judge and claiming that it could revive the Yankees in the same way as the Mookie Betts trade did the Red Sox. Judge, the Yankees' best player, will be eligible for free agency after the next season. His age-30 campaign is his last. The idea that Judge can't resign to play right field because Giancarlo Stanton, their DH, and next-best hitter is absurd. Even if Judge is injured-prone, Stanton is a valid reason. Both of these guys are the best Yankees team moving forward, and there is hope that Gary Sanchez's revival over the past six weeks will be more than a dream. If you're the New York Yankees and Judge is not resigned long-term because of made up reasons that really boil down to we don't want to pay luxury tax, then you can pack it in and move to Boise. The Yankees should be ready to pay the luxury tax, and face the consequences of losing draft position and international signing pool position. Who are the Yankees likely to draft? Judge has been the Yankees' only impact player for the past quarter century. The list of busts is populated with memorable names like Eric Duncan and C.J. Henry, Cito Culver and Andrew Brackman are Eric Jagielo. Although the Yankees have a solid prospect in Clarke Schmidt from the first round, their top prospect Jasson Dominguez got a $5.1million signing bonus. Dominguez was regarded as a top prospect at age 16 and New York's next-best prospects, shortstop Oswald Peraza and pitcher Deivi Garcia, were signed for $375,000. Luis Gil, who was ranked fifth by MLB Pipeline, signed with the Twins in exchange for Jake Cave's 2018 spring training trade. With the draft being reduced to just five rounds, it will be easier than ever for a Yankees team to acquire undrafted agents that can help them develop their farm. What can the Yankees do now to improve their chances? They are in a strange position, where they don't have a shortage of talent but have a lineup that is too similar with all-or-nothing power bats. This is not the same as the traditional trade strategy where you are sellers and buyers. However, it will give you some opportunities for your top players. You can absolutely get Ketel Marte (once he's recovered from a hamstring strain), or Bryan Reynolds (from the Pirates) to take over centerfield and add the switch-hitting bat that Aaron Hicks has been missing. With the Yankees roster being so full, it will be necessary to add and subtract. Here are some ideas to help you get there.


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