Aaron Judge, caught on tape in San Francisco, is expected to meet with the Giants
MLB’s most sought-after free agentAaron Judge, touched down in San Francisco.
A video has been captured After arriving the judgewhere he made an interesting comment about what he was doing in town.
“Meeting some family and friends, that’s about it. That’s about it,” he said, winking at the camera.
Judge is from Linden, Calif., which is about 90 minutes from San Francisco where the Giants, a team linked to the 2022 AL MVP in free agency, play. Judge grew up as a Giants fan during his days terrorizing baseball teams while playing for Linden High School and Fresno State, eventually being selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
So what exactly are the judge’s “friends and family” up to?
“We got something,” he laughed.
Looking for the best Los Angeles Dodgers In the NL West, the Giants are looking to make a splash, and nothing would be better than a homegrown product like Judge. And while there are many other suitors, including the Yankees, San Fran has money to spend.
According to Spotrac, the Giants currently have the 14th highest payroll in MLB at $95.95 million.
On the other hand, teams like the Yankees and New York Mets are at the top of the bunch and are still willing to open their checkbooks for Judge’s services.
Anthony Rizzowho recently re-signed a two-year contract with the Yankees, lobbied for his clubhouse friend to Judge to return to the Bronx.
“I hope Judge just stays for the game,” Rizzo said Wednesday, “because you see a lot of franchise icons not getting what they deserve for the team they’ve done so much for.”
Rizzo even said Judge deserves to be the next Yankees captain if he re-signs.
But the offers will be steep following his MVP campaign, and the rest could come down to who outperforms. Will the Giants step up? Will the Yankees, Mets or even Dodgers flex their financial muscle?
Judge and his team will find out next week how far each team is willing to increase their salaries.
The 6-foot-7 slugger was named the AL MVP this past Thursday, receiving all but two first-place votes after a season in which he set the American League record for most home runs in a season with 62.
In addition to home runs, he led the majors in RBI (131), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), runs (133), OPS+ (211) and total bases (391).
His 111 walks were tops in the American League, and his .311 batting average ranked second in the AL, keeping him in the Triple Crown conversation until the final few days of the season.
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