With Aaron Judge a free agent, speculation about where he will ultimately end is filling the airwaves.
The American League MVP blasted 62 home runs and broke Roger Maris‘ single-season record for the most in AL history.
The slugger also hit for a .311 average, drove in 131 runs, posted an OPS of 1.111, and tallied 90 extra-base hits.
The New York Yankees are doing everything in their power to retain the 30-year-old, but the San Francisco Giants cannot be counted out.
Many have predicted that Judge will stay in New York in order to remain with a winning team, but David O’Brien of The Athletic pointed out a major flaw in that argument, citing that the Giants do have resources and that they have won three World Series titles since the Yankees last appeared in the Fall Classic.
When I hear someone say Aaron Judge wouldn't leave the Yankees for the Giants if he wants to win, I can't help but think, haven't the Giants won three World Series since the Yankees last played in one? And that's not taking a shot at the Yankees. But folks forget SF has resources
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) November 22, 2022
Why Judge Could Join The Giants
Another thing of note is that Judge is a Bay Area native.
Signing with the Giants would bring him closer to home.
At the same time, San Francisco is only two years removed from a 107-win season in 2021.
The Giants finished at .500 this season, but with money to spend, they could find themselves back in postseason contention in 2023.
They already managed to keep Joc Pederson, who accepted the qualifying offer.
But those who claim Judge will stay in New York in order to win fail to understand that the Giants, as a big-market team, have the resources to build a postseason contender.
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