Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has found yet another way to stick it to the New York Yankees, this time with a suggestions that he thinks could take Aaron Judge out of the Bronx and land him with another Yankees rival.
David Ortiz gives ideas on how New York Mets can sign Aaron Judge away from the New York Yankees
In a recent interview with Inside the Mets on the Sports Illustrated platform, Ortiz gave his ideas on how the rival Mets could steal Judge away from the New York Yankees, making the MVP candidate the face of Citi Field rather than Yankee Stadium.
"“(The Mets) just didn’t click when they had to. That used to happen with the Red Sox. Then Papi showed up and everything changed, so they probably need a Papi,” Ortiz said."
Of course, Ortiz was “Big Papi” in Boston, including in a stunning come-from-behind rally to take the 2004 ALCS when the Red Sox were down 3-1 to the vaunted Yankees. Ortiz was named as the MVP of that series, slashing .387/.457/.742 in the seven games.
Just how much does Big Papi not want to be around anything to do with the Yankees?
Ortiz was happy to knock off the Yankees back in 2004, and taking Judge out of the Bronx and landing him in Queens would certainly be a blow for the American League East champs. With that in mind, Ortiz gave his ideas on how to make that happen as Judge’s offseason free agency looms.
"“I think the Mets should approach (Judge),” Ortiz said. “If I’m the Mets, I would give him $50 million for the next 5-6 years.”“(Judge) would be perfect for the Mets because he’d be hitting second in that lineup, and he can play all three outfield spots,” he added."
With the Mets bowing out to the San Diego Padres in the Wild Card round, there is little doubt that owner Steve Cohen will once again open up his wallet this offseason to try to improve his team. But would the Mets be able to afford Judge? With Brandon Nimmo’s contract expiring, could the Mets bring Judge in to secure center field? They are questions worth asking, and ones that will likely be examined once the offseason begins.
Where Aaron Judge lands for the 2023 season will be one of the biggest questions of the offseason. David Ortiz is seemingly hoping it’s anywhere except with the Yankees.