Judge delivers Yanks pitch to O's SS Machado

From ESPN - March 14, 2018

One year after attempting to woo Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge is trying to recruit another one of baseball's most feared hitters to add to his team's already dangerous lineup.

Judge told that to reporters in Sarasota, Florida, before Wednesday's spring training game between the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, he pitched O's shortstop Manny Machado on coming to the Bronx. The All-Star infielder will be a free agent next offseason.

"Adding him to our lineup that we already got would be something special," Judge told reporters. "I told him he'd look good in pinstripes."

Judge said Machado laughed off the recruiting pitch and did not really say anything in response.

"We talked a little bit, and I just asked him how his offseason was, how everything was going," Judge said. "I asked him how he liked short and said, 'You'd look pretty good in pinstripes, too.'"

Machado made the official move to shortstop this offseason after spending the bulk of his six-season career at third base. Although he has appeared in nearly 800 games, only 52 of them had been spent playing shortstop prior to this season. Machado has a .279 lifetime batting average with 138 career home runs. He has homer totals of 35, 37 and 33 in the past three seasons.


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