MLB’s most wanted free agent, Aaron Judge, has landed in San Francisco.
Video captured Judge as he arrived, where he made an interesting remark about what he’s been doing around town.
“Visiting family and friends is about it. That’s about it,” he said, winking at the camera.
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Judge is from Linden, Calif., about 90 minutes from San Francisco where the Giants play, a team linked to the 2022 AL MVP in free agency. Judge also grew up as a Giants fan during his days terrorizing baseball teams while playing for Linden High School and Fresno State, before eventually being selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the draft. the 2013 MLB.
So what exactly did Judge’s “friends and family” have planned?
“We have something,” he said smiling.
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Seeking to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in western Newfoundland, the Giants are looking to make a splash, and there would be none better than a homegrown product like Judge. And while there are plenty of other contenders, including the Yankees, San Fran has some cash to burn.
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 ahead of the pack and always ready to open their checkbooks for Judge’s services.
Anthony Rizzo, who recently re-signed with the Yankees on a two-year contract, has been pushing for his clubhouse pal Judge to return to the Bronx.
“I hope Judge stays just for the sake of 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 deserved to be the next Yankees captain if he re-signed.
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But the bids will be high after his MVP campaign, and it may depend on who outbids the rest of the field. Will the Giants mobilize? Will the Yankees, Mets or maybe even the Dodgers flex their financial muscles?
Judge and his team will find out how ready each team is to increase their payroll in the coming weeks.
The 6-foot-7 slugger was named the AL MVP last Thursday, receiving all but two first-place votes after a season where he set the American League record for most home runs in a single season. with 62.
Besides homers, he also led the majors in RBI (131), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), runs (133), OPS+ (211), and total on-base percentage (391).
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His 111 walks were the best in the American League and his .311 batting average ranked second in the AL, putting him in the Triple Crown conversation until the final two days of the season.
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