Yankees Reveal New Offseason Strategy After Aaron Judge Signing

Tyler Maher
The New York Yankees have revealed their new offseason plan now that they've signed Aaron Judge.
The New York Yankees have revealed their new offseason plan now that they've signed Aaron Judge. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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For the New York Yankees, signing Aaron Judge was always their No. 1 priority this offseason.

It was far from their only one, though. Now that Judge is back, it's time for the Yankees to get to work addressing the rest of their roster.

New York Yankees Offseason Targets

While bringing back Judge is obviously exciting for New York, it's important to remember that he was already on the team last year and doesn't count as an addition. Re-signing the 2022 AL MVP prevented a new hole from opening up, but doesn't fix any of the existing holes already on the roster.

The Yankees have had a relatively quiet offseason thus far aside from bringing back Tommy Kahnle, suggesting they were primarily focused on retaining Judge at all costs. Their sluggish second half and disappointing postseason exit last year revealed significant flaws on the team, however, which they can now concentrate on solving.

New York now has a hole in the starting rotation, for instance, after Jameson Taillon bolted to the Chicago Cubs in free agency. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees are reportedly targeting Carlos Rodon, who is arguably the top remaining free-agent starter now that Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom have both signed elsewhere.

The team may also look to keep a different All-Star outfielder not named Judge -- Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi batted .304 with a .373 OBP last year -- both career-bests -- and projects as an ideal table-setter for Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and co. in New York's lineup.

Like almost every team, the Yankees are also in the market for bullpen help. While New York had one of the best relief corps in baseball last year (their 2.97 ERA ranked third) and already inked Kahnle, you can never have too many arms.

So yes, signing Judge was a great start to the Yankees' offseason. But right now that's all it is -- a start.

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