The New York Yankees are in a weird place right now. They have been to the postseason for each of the last five seasons, but they have yet to reach the World Series, let alone win it. They haven’t b been to the World Series since they last won it in 2009.
Many people thought that GM Brian Cashman and/or manager Aaron Boone would be on the chopping block after they lost in the Wild Card game to their archrival, the Boston Red Sox, but the only casualties thus far have been most of their coaching staff.
The New York Yankees still have a lot that they have to address this offseason when the MLB lockout ends and, depending on how long it goes, they may not have much time to do it.
As it stands, the New York Yankees have made, essentially, one move this offseason. They re-signed reliever Joely Rodríguez to a one-year deal. That’s it.
Here’s what’s on their to-do list after the MLB lockout.
The New York Yankees have to extend Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge was healthy (with exception of a short stint on the COVID-IL) for the New York Yankees in 2021. He missed extended period of time in each season since 2018 but, since 2017, he has had an OPS+ of at least 143 in each season.
Given that he can hit and he is a great defender, the Yankees need to lock him up before he becomes a free agent next offseason. As of now, Judge would probably ask for an eight- or nine-year deal for somewhere between $25 and $30 million per season. Essentially, somewhere between $200 and $300 million is what he’ll ask for.
The Yankees can do it so now, they need to do it.