If Chaim Bloom wants to add considerable pop to the Red Sox lineup, all while getting under Yankees’ skin, signing Aaron Judge would be a wise play.
Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that.
Judge is set to become a free agent after his record-setting 2022 campaign. He’ll have plenty of suitors, but outside of the Yankees, the Giants are the team that have most often been linked to him.
Any interest from the Red Sox at this point would be speculative. But they have a ton of money coming off the books this offseason, and theoretically could at least make a play for Judge if they so desired.
Asked on the “Rich Eisen Show” if the Red Sox were among the suitors, ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan offered his take on a potential pursuit.
“I think a lot of the Red Sox depends on what happens with Rafael Devers, because I don’t see them extending Rafael Devers and signing Aaron Judge," Passan said. "So, if a Devers contract comes through, then I think they’re probably out of the running for Judge.
“But if one doesn't, then they’d be foolish not to at least inquire and see if they can sell him on going to Boston. Because if you want to talk about a coup, oh my goodness, can you imagine Aaron Judge with the Red Sox?”
Indeed, it would be quite the story if Judge spurned the Yankees to go to their biggest rival. To Passan’s point though, locking up their young, star third baseman is probably of higher importance than getting into a bidding war for Judge.
A report Thursday indicated the Red Sox and Devers still are far apart on contract talks after Boston's latest offer, so work remains to be done on those talks.
The Red Sox also have another franchise cornerstone to chart a course with in Xander Bogaerts. And after the Red Sox’s underwhelming season ended, the team made clear that the two infielders were their most urgent priorities.
Never say never when it comes to free agency, but at this point Judge landing with the Red Sox is more of a debate topic than something that seems likely to happen.