Major League Baseball has told New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge his comments attempting to recruit Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado violate the sport’s tampering rules, and Judge says he has learned the lesson.
When the Yankees played the Orioles in Sarasota on Wednesday, Judge encountered Machado on the field before the game.
“Adding him to our lineup that we’ve already got, it’d be something special,” Judge told reporters. “I told him, ‘You’d look good in pinstripes.’ “
Judge added: “He just kind of laughed it off. Didn’t really say much.”
Machado is eligible for free agency after this season, part of a class that includes Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson.
Major League Baseball says in a statement: “We have been in contact with the Yankees. They communicated to us that Mr. Judge’s off the cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club. They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again.”
Judge and general manager Brian Cashman had a brief conversation about the matter.
“It just kind of came up in passing,” Judge said Thursday. “Now I know. You learn something new every day.”
Judge said the phone call from Cashman lasted about 30 seconds and the GM told him: “Here’s a reminder that you can’t do this and have a good night, and I said all right, see you tomorrow.”
Cashman said he was called by Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem.
“Asked me to just politely talk with Aaron and remind him about the optics of that type of dialogue,” Cashman said. “There were no bad intentions there. Simple conversions are more complicated when they play elsewhere, so he understands it.”
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said he was aware of the warning by the commissioner’s office.
“I’m just glad they didn’t catch Manny recruiting Judge,” Showalter said.
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Showalter says Trumbo will miss a minimum of three to four weeks. The announcement came Thursday, two weeks before opening day.
Trumbo missed a week with the quad injury and returned to action Wednesday against the New York Yankees. He felt discomfort after the game and had an MRI on Thursday.
Trumbo, who led the major leagues in home runs with 47 in 2016, hit 23 homers last year with 65 RBIs. He batted .234 as an outfielder and designated hitter.
This spring, the 32-year-old has hit just .130 with a home run and two RBIs.
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Jonathan Schoop homered for the only run of the game and finished with two hits.
The O's improved to 13-8.