An outfield of Mike Trout and Aaron Judge? Now that would be something to see. This scenario was reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney with a trade between the Yankees and Angels involving Judge which had been discussed during this past offseason.
Judging by the Judge-talks in Anaheim, Olney makes it seem as if it weren’t as serious as it sounds, rather the Halos were simply checking in on the 6-foot-7 slugger.
"“It was the lightest of flirtations,” Olney said. “And perhaps a door-opener for other names.”"
Prior to the start of the season, the Angels were searching for another outfielder and made a trade with the Cardinals for their eventual Opening Day right fielder, Dexter Fowler. The veteran was sent from St. Louis in a pure salary dump that saw the Cardinals pay $14.75 million of Fowler’s $16.5 million figure this season. Unfortunately, Fowler’s season came to an end on April 8, after a misdiagnosed knee sprained turned into a torn ACL a few days later.
The Angels would take a big roll of the dice if it means trading for Aaron Judge.
General Manager Perry Minasian and the Angels decided to go cheap and low-risk with the Fowler move. It was also due in part to the young players thought to be the eventual future starters in the outfield: Jo Adell, No.1 prospect Brandon Marsh, No.3 Jordyn Adams.
Fowler simply acted as a low-priced place holder, while Judge would have been a move if the Angels were serious about taking a risk to contend for a World Series.
From what we’ve seen thus far, would Minasian and owner Arte Moreno be willing to roll the dice?