The New York Yankees and their fans can breathe easy.
This morning, all of New York City woke up to some good news.
Aaron Judge, the reigning American League MVP, has re-signed with the Yankees for nine years and $360 million.
The 30-year-old had a season to remember, hitting 62 home runs and breaking Roger Maris‘ single-season record in the American League.
But for the longest time, fans of the Yankees were concerned that Judge would be leaving The Big Apple.
The slugger had turned down an eight-year, $230 million contract extension on Opening Day, instead choosing to bet on himself.
In doing so, he earned himself an extra $130 million.
Aaron Judge was offered 8-years, $230M by the Yankees before last season.
He turned it down, had one of the great seasons in recent baseball history and turned it into an extra $130M.
One of the best "bet on yourself" moves you'll ever see. https://t.co/raq1XJH3aD
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 7, 2022
Judgement Day Has Come
This will go down as one of the best “bet on yourself” moves in the history of baseball.
Fans in New York began to panic after he rejected eight years and $230 million.
Things got especially interesting after Jon Heyman tweeted that Judge was close to signing in San Francisco.
That tweet was ultimately deleted, as Heyman had jumped the gun.
But the slugger is staying in New York after earning himself a fortune, just by betting on himself back in April.
The Yankees and their fans can let out a big sigh of relief, knowing that in the end, their slugger and MVP isn’t going anywhere, and that all he was doing in April was placing a bet on himself to have a great season and boost his stock, which of course he did.
With Judge back in New York, he will now look to defend his status as the AL MVP.