Giants drop big hint on Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge

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The San Francisco Giants’ interest in signing Aaron Judge is well known. This was further confirmed on Friday when their president Farhan Zaidi confirmed that the addition of players who have hometown ties is important to the franchise. Though Zaidi did not name any specific players, Judge’s hometown is about 100 miles from the Giants’ home.

During the GM Meetings in Las Vegas, Zaidi told the press:

“We just think guys who have Bay Area ties are going to be more invested and engaged with the organization. That’s been a big part of what we’ve done over the last few years both in the draft and in free agency. That’s always something we look at.”

The fact that Aaron Judge hails from Linden, California, a teeny-tiny town in Northern California located about 100 miles east of San Francisco, is very important to the Giants.

Zaidi confirmed that the Giants can make a run at any high-priced free agent, including Aaron Judge.

“I think from a financial standpoint there’s nobody that would be out of our capability. And then it’ll just be a question of whether there’s mutual interest and how we put together the best possible team.”

The Giant’s president went on to say that the ownership of the team has told him there is “no explicit ceiling” on how much he can spend on the team this winter. However, he cautioned that this does not mean they have given him permission to write a blank check.

Analysts expect that the Giants will make every effort to acquire Aaron Judge from the New York Yankees. There are many different factors that contribute to this expectation. They admire his tremendous power as well as the fact that he is a well-rounded hitter and adore his leadership, desire to come out on top, play in the outfield, and work ethic.

Above all, the Giants are looking for star like him who can help sell a high number of tickets and jerseys.

It was reported by NJ Advance Media that the owners of the Giants intend to spend more than the Yankees to sign Aaron Judge and at least one other expensive free agent. It is widely believed that the Giants are interested in acquiring Aaron Judge as well as another position player in order to improve the run production of a lineup that finished in the middle of the pack in the National League last year. After winning 107 games and the NL West title in 2021, the Giants finished with a record of .500, which eliminated them from playoffs.

On Thursday, the free agency began, and the Giants are currently the favorites to sign Aaron Judge if he decides to leave the Yankees. However, the player’s loyalty to his Yankees teammates and big market considerations will play a part. His willingness to play close to his home is also a factor.

If the Yankees haven’t already offered a deal, the first offers should be coming soon. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has claimed that the Giants are going to “wine and dine” Aaron Judge and his agent Page Odle.

No matter what Aaron Judge opts for, the Giants are likely to make a big offer, maybe the best one. Judge turned down the Yankees’ offer of a seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension in April. He is expected to get at least $300 million. The San Francisco team has “a proven market and the economic ability to attract a number of free agents and they can be very aggressive in their bids” according to sports agent Scott Boras.

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