Free agent Aaron Judge still hasn’t decided where he will play for the next eight or nine years.
He is the prize of the offseason in MLB, but two teams are considered the heavy favorites to land him: the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants.
The Los Angeles Dodgers would be in on him on a short-term, high-AAV type of deal (like the Max Scherzer one, for example).
So far, the Yankees have bid eight-years and $300 million, while the Giants’ offer is believed to be slightly better.
The Yanks have shown a willingness to increase their proposal, though.
MLB insider Mark Feinsand is bringing us the latest on the Judge front.
He says that while the Yankees and Giants are the two favorites, more teams could emerge as serious suitors as the MLB Winter Meetings progress.
Will Any Mystery Teams Appear?
“While the Yankees and Giants are certainly the two most prominent teams in the Aaron Judge sweepstakes, sources say other teams remain on the periphery. No prominent mystery team has emerged, but it would not be surprising to see that happen during the Winter Meetings,” he tweeted.
While the Yankees and Giants are certainly the two most prominent teams in the Aaron Judge sweepstakes, sources say other teams remain on the periphery. No prominent mystery team has emerged, but it would not be surprising to see that happen during the Winter Meetings.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 5, 2022
To enter the Judge sweepstakes, the minimum amount is apparently $300 million.
Not every team is prepared to go that far.
From a budget perspective, only the New York Mets, the Dodgers, and perhaps the St. Louis Cardinals could be willing to reach something close to that.
Other teams like the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Seattle Mariners could go there if they wanted, but probably won’t.
It shouldn’t be long until we learn about Judge’s (next?) destination.
Will MLB give us another surprise?