Manny Machado is finally off the free-agent market, and with Bryce Harper not on the Yankees' radar, it appears their roster is set for the season barring any out-of-the-blue signings.
And Aaron Judge is perfectly fine with that.
The Yankees made a few moves this offseason to add to their 100-win team of last year, but there was no big splash like the Giancarlo Stanton trade in 2018. GM Brian Cashman, instead, adding players like James Paxton, Adam Ottavino, and Troy Tulowitzki while re-signing Zack Britton and J.A. Happ as well.
After seeing what this team accomplished over the past two seasons, Judge knew Cashman didn't need to be overly aggressive -- or even slightly aggressive -- to land someone like Machado or Harper.
"Well the great thing about that going into the offseason was the lineup and the team that we have is pretty darn good," told the media after the team's first full team workout down in Tampa. "We won 100 games, so we weren't in the position I thought like we really need to go out there and grab too many big pieces. We were already set. The year before, we made it one win away from the World Series. This past year we made it to the postseason and lost in the [AL]DS. We were just in a position where we just needed to add maybe one or two key guys and bring back a couple key guys to kinda get us over the hump.
"I'm excited for our team. I'm excited for who we added and just excited to get this thing going."
Here's what else we learned from Judge's first presser of the new season...
World Series expectations haven't changed
The team goal for the yankees every season is to add another World Series trophy to its collection, and that's exactly what Judge reiterated.
"Well, the exception is to always win a World Series," he said. "That's why we're here. That's why I'm coming to camp. That's why I work in the offseason.
But Vegas has the Yankees as the favorite to win it all after falling short the past two seasons. Does that add any pressure?
"The pressure, all that, that comes with it," Judge said. "That's why guys what to come here and play is because of all this. There's nothing like it. So going into this season, we came up short these past two years, but I feel like we're in really good position this year again to make another run at it. And not only run at it this year, but for many years."
Judge wouldn't mind batting leadoff
Manager Aaron Boone mentioned over the weekend that he isn't opposed to placing Judge in the leadoff spot in the lineup if the situation deemed itself worth it.
Boone did say Aaron Hicks is his favorite option at the top, but "we could even flirt with the big boy up there, Judge in certain situations." Judge got a chuckle out of the question, but he said he doesn't mind where he ends up in the lineup on any given night.
"I don't know. I'm not getting paid to make those decisions," Judge said laughing. "I'm getting paid to go play right field. Wherever I'll bat, I'll bat. So it's up to upstairs and the manager where I go. Wherever they want me, I'll play."
Thoughts on 2018: 'Don't get hit in the wrist'
As Judge put it, there were a lot of "ups and downs" in 2018 for him. But the biggest down was when he took a pitch off his wrist, which fractured and set him out well over a month in the second half.
So what did he learn last season?
"Don't get hit in the wrist," he said jokingly. "That's probably it. Turn the other way."
Other than that, Judge produced another All-Star season as he went on to hit .278/.392/.528 with 27 homers and 67 RBI. But even more impressive was his postseason, where he owned a .421/.500/.947 slash line with three homers, one double and four RBI over five games.
It would have been fun to watch what Judge could do if the Yankees were able to play more games. But he'll look to pick up where he left off in 2018.
No extension talks right now
Judge watched fellow teammate Luis Severino agree to a long-term extension a few days ago, and that could potentially be him after this season as he enters his first year of arbitration.
Being one of the Yankees' cornerstone players, Judge is likely to cash in. But, for now, there have been no extension talks between his team and the Yankees.
"No, nothing. I'm focused on the season. I haven't heard anything."
Leading by example
And speaking of being one of the building blocks on this Yankees squad, Judge is viewed as one of the leaders on the team even if this will be his third full season in the MLB.
So what kind of leader is Judge? It sounds like he falls in the Derek Jeter realm...
"I've always tried to lead by example," he said. "I'm not usually much of a vocal person. If I see something that's wrong or see something I don't like, I speak up and say something when the time's right."