Latest Aaron Judge update from MLB insiders

Aaron Judge
LM Otero
Michael Bennington
Saturday October 29, 2022

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Will the New York Yankees re-sign Aaron Judge? That’s one of the most important questions about the coming offseason. No one knows what the power hitter wants and the uncertainty is rattling baseball fans and analysts.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Yankees are also unaware of what Aaron Judge is going to do. The MLB insider ruled the New York Mets out of the market for the Yankees slugger. He expects the outfielder to follow the examples of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who took contract negotiations until February.

Passan spoke on the Rich Eisen Show:

“Nobody in the Yankees organization really has a great sense of what he’s going to do … The Yankees are in a bit of a damned if they do, damned if they don’t. But if they don’t they’re a lot more damned … I don’t have a great sense on the timeline at this point. I look at Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, they didn’t sign until February. I look at Corey Seager and he signed in November … I could see him wanting to get something done quickly … I don’t know that the Mets are going to be involved, that’s not clear at this point. I do think the Dodgers will be involved. And I think a lot of the Red Sox depends on what happens with Rafael Devers … if a Devers contract comes through then I think they’re out of the running for Judge … can you imagine Aaron Judge with the Red Sox?”

Joel Sherman of the New York Post thinks that Aaron Judge is well positioned to force his terms in the new contract. He has “all the leverage” in talks and can seek a big salary considering the Giants are out to get him to San Francisco.

Aaron Judge turned down a seven-year, $213.5 million deal before the season started. After the World Series, he will be a free agent. Judge is from the Bay Area, so the San Francisco Giants have also been linked to him a lot.

The 30-year-old is coming off one of his best seasons ever. Aaron Judge hit 62 home runs and set a new record for the American League. He was also in the running for the Triple Crown, which makes him the favorite for AL MVP.

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