Aaron Judge is willing to move over.
The Yankees seem less willing to unload $300 million.
The Yankees’ right fielder endorsed the idea of signing another superstar right fielder, telling TMZ Sports he’s amenable to a move to center field — where he played a single game last season — if it means Harper will be wearing pinstripes.
Of course, he also said Harper may be better suited to man center in a future, theoretical corps of himself, Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. But Judge is a team player.
“[Harper has] got more speed than me, man,” Judge said. “Wherever he wants to play, we’ll make it work.”
The Yankees have been disinterested in the Harper sweepstakes, as the six-time All-Star strangely is still a free agent on Feb. 5. The Phillies reportedly are the front-runners for his services, with the Nationals, White Sox and Padres still involved.
“Any time you can add an MVP to a team, it’s going to make it better,” said Judge, who’s coming off a .278/.392/.528 All-Star season. “So, it just all depends on where he wants to go. [Manny] Machado, Bryce Harper, any of them.”
Machado also is oddly available about seven weeks after meeting with the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox. The Padres have since joined the unmotivated suitors.
The Yankees, who have an overflowing outfield, have devoted money toward lesser infielders than Machado in Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu and a stacked bullpen.
If there is any more space in their budget, Judge would create the outfield space.
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