Aaron Judge talks Yankees' offseason moves, how fielding drills will keep him healthy

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Judge Zoom Feb 23 2021
Judge Zoom Feb 23 2021

Aaron Judge is back in pinstripes.

Judge reported to the Yankees' spring training facility on Monday and spoke to reporters via Zoom for the first time this year on Tuesday.

Judge said the 2021 Yankees are a "special group," and this season will be "a special year," starting with the rotation.

"One thing I'm excited about is the new pitchers we signed," Judge said regarding Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon.

Judge has missed lots of time over the last three years, not playing more than 113 games since his rookie year. He played in just 28 of a possible 60 games last year, and had the season started on time last year, would've missed more time with a broken rib and punctured lung.

But things this season are so far, so good.

"It's a little easier to hit a baseball without a broken rib here and there," he joked.

Judge added that he's been working on his footwork and first step on fly balls to try to limit his diving and crashing into walls to make his Gold Glove caliber plays, even though "It's my job to catch it."

"My big body, 275 [pounds] diving for 162 games, it does a lot of wear and tear," he said. "It just comes back to playing a little smarter."

Judge also told reporters that there was no long-term-deal conversations over the offseason, saying there were more important things for the Yankees to focus on.

Judge could get his first look at an opponent on Sunday when the Yankees open up the spring season against the Toronto Blue Jays.