Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees made a nice move in acquiring Andrew McCutchen, upgrading their depleted outfield with a talented, if declining player.
So why does the trade seem like such a bummer? Two words: Aaron Judge. It wasn't so long ago that the Yankees were cruising, playing like a team bound for the World Series. Judge was the key to their offense, an irreplaceable star. When Judge injured his wrist in July, the Yankees erred in estimating that he would return in approximately three weeks.
Now, with Judge still waiting for the pain to become more manageable, it is fair to wonder if he has enough time to return and be an impact hitter this year. Whatever the Yankees say in public about their level of concern, the McCutchen trade speaks loudly about the team's confidence in Judge's recovery.