Bryce Harper is one of baseball’s biggest stars, and his free agency this offseason has been talked about for years by baseball analysts. The New York Yankees, always in conversation when it comes to big name free agents and trades, have quietly backed away from the Harper talks, given that they already have a stacked outfield that features Aaron Hicks in center, Aaron Judge in right, and (depending on the day) Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury or Giancarlo Stanton in left. But the Yanks were once again linked to Harper after Judge was asked if he would consider switching positions in order to lure Harper to New York.
“Wherever he wants to play, we’ll make it work,” Judge told TMZ. “Anytime you can add an MVP to a team, it’s going to make it better.”
While Judge is certainly correct in saying Harper would improve New York’s team, it’s unlikely that the Yankees will change their minds. Besides already having a surplus of outfielders, New York’s payroll is also right up against the $206 million competitive balance tax threshold, according to rosterresource.com.
“I think that was Judgie having some fun at the Super Bowl,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told MLB.com. “Judgie would do a lot of things for the team. … He was probably pressed in the corner at the Super Bowl and he gave a good answer. I don’t think we have to worry about [Judge moving to center field].”