The team tried to lock him up before the start of the season, offering an eight-year, $230 million contract.
The player, however, opted to bet on himself and wait until after the season to get a better deal.
That bet ended up paying off: he hasn’t signed yet, but hit an incredible 62 home runs with a .311 batting average and 131 RBI.
He wasn’t as sharp in the postseason, but it doesn’t matter: teams will be lining up just to try to convince Judge to sign.
Rizzo Would Love To See Judge As Captain
One of Judge’s teammates, Anthony Rizzo, had nothing but great things to say about Judge and his future with the Yankees.
“Anthony Rizzo on Aaron Judge’s future: ‘I hope it’s in a Yankee uniform, for him and for baseball in general. We’re seeing people jump ship so much … The fitting thing would be for him to do a press conference receiving not only the money he deserves, but also the captain title,’” Yankees insider Bryan Hoch tweeted, with some Rizzo quotes that will be music to fans’ ears.
Anthony Rizzo on Aaron Judge’s future:
“I hope it’s in a Yankee uniform, for him and for ⚾️ in general. We’re seeing people jump ship so much … The fitting thing would be for him to do a press conference receiving not only the money he deserves, but also the captain title.”
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) October 25, 2022
Rizzo is not the only Yankee who thinks Judge should be the captain of the team.
Pitcher Nestor Cortes also said it a few days ago.
Rizzo himself could become a free agent if he decides to opt-out of a one-year, $16 million deal left on his contract.
Both players would prefer to return to the Yankees, but the team will have to come forward with competitive offers.
In the specific case of Judge, he won’t cost less than $300 million anymore.
They will need to show him they want him back.