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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 05/10/20

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Judge’s differences from Jeter could cost him some big bucks; the Yankees almost traded for Bonds in the early 90s; the most affected Bombers by the current COVID-19-related break

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Post analyzes the scenario for the Yankees to give Aaron Judge a contract extension and compares the situation to the Derek Jeter deal. While Sherman recognizes that the right fielder is an elite on-field performer and has done absolutely nothing to hurt his case off-the-field (to the contrary, he has been “pristine”) he notes that there are a few differences, most notably durability, youth, and other payroll-related situations. “At the time Jeter signed, he was among the most durable players in the game. He was just 26. He was not 6-foot-8. He did not have two teammates signed extravagantly for most of the next decade. His clock was not ticking during a global pandemic that could strangle the payroll excesses of even the richest teams,” he observes.

Jon Heyman (Twitter): The 90s could have been quite different for the Yankees if an attempted trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 had gone through. Heyman reported this week that not only the Bombers tried to acquire him back then, but also offered him $36 million the next winter when he became a free agent. He ended up signing with the San Francisco Giants for a contract worth $43.75 million.

New York Post | Joel Sherman The current coronavirus pandemic and MLB’s decision to halt the start of the season indefinitely has hurt several players around the league. If we speak about the Yankees, some players have been more affected than others, such as Gerrit Cole, DJ LeMahieu, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, J.A. Happ, Miguel Andujar, Masahiro Tanaka and Deivi Garcia, not to mention Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman. The writer explains every case individually in the linked article.