If 2022 was Judge’s final season in Yankee pinstripes, he certainly saved his best for last, breaking a single-season home run record that had stood in the American League for over six decades.
That was enough for the veteran slugger to earn American League MVP honors.
But as of now, it’s a two-team race for the 30-year-old.
One analyst made a bold prediction on Thursday, predicting that Judge’s next contract will not be with the Yankees, and that he will end up signing in San Francisco.
.@craigcartonlive thinks Aaron Judge is leaving the Yankees 😳
"He's going to be a San Francisco Giant." pic.twitter.com/j4zxw1m3bJ
— The Carton Show (@TheCartonShow) December 1, 2022
MLB Analyst Predicts Judge Will Leave Yankees
The reigning AL MVP is of course a San Francisco-area native and grew up a fan of the Giants.
The Giants certainly have the resources to pluck him away from the Yankees.
New York can’t be counted out, however.
In all but one of Judge’s seven big-league seasons, the Yankees have reached the postseason.
Since Judge made his debut, the Giants have only reached the postseason twice, winning the second NL Wild Card in 2016 and winning a division title in 2021 after a 107-win season.
But that doesn’t mean that the Giants don’t have a shot to land the veteran slugger.
After finishing 81-81, the team has money to spend, and President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi is known for making savvy acquisitions during the offseason.
Perhaps Judge could be his next big move.
The Winter Meetings will take place next week, after which there should be more activity in the free agent market.