After his record-breaking and MVP-winning season, Aaron Judge will soon be a very rich man.
The star slugger turned down the eight-year, $230.5 million New York Yankees’ offer before Opening Day, betting on himself, and won big.
After hitting an AL-record 62 home runs, leading the majors in many other categories and being in the Triple Crown race through the end of the season, we’re now in big-deal territory.
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According to ESPN, the Yankees have offered Judge an eight-year contract worth “in the neighborhoodof $300 million.
If the number is $300 million on the dot, Judge’s AAV would be $37.5 million, the highest for a position player in baseball history (Max Scherzer’s current $43.3 million is the historical record).
It would also be the fifth free agent contract worth that much money and the 10th deal to reach that amount of dollars.
Depending on what other teams offer Judge — the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are seen as the biggest threats — the Yankees could well increase their already monumental offer, ESPN notes.
Judge made $19 million last season in arbitration, an amount he and the Yankees agreed to after they were separated by $4 million in arbitration.
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The 30-year-old had reportedly been seeking a deal for at least nine years and more than $300 million before the season.
The Yankees brought back first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a two-year, $34 million contract, with a third-year club option on a $6 million buyout. Rizzo and Judge have grown close since the former was traded to the Bronx in July 2021.
The free agent market has moved pretty slowly so far, but it’s likely Judge could sign in Next week’s MLB winter meetings in San Diego, SNY reported.
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Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner has said he wants Judge to be a Yankee for life, however Judge met with the Giants last week. A native of Linden, California, Judge grew up a Giants fan.
Judge led the majors in home runs, RBIs (131), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), runs (133) and total bases (391), while his 111 walks were in the league. top of the American League standings. His .311 batting average was second best in the American League and only five points behind Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins.