Aaron Judge might be the top free agent out on the market this offseason.
After a season in which he broke the single-season American League home run record, Judge is out on the open market and will be eligible to sign with either the New York Yankees or a new team by tomorrow at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Everybody in New York is hoping and praying that Judge will remain a Yankee this offseason.
At the GM meetings, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman commented on Judge’s free agency, saying he hopes that Judge will stay in New York, but that he has earned the right to be a free agent and sign anywhere he sees fit.
Brian Cashman says that they would like to sign Aaron Judge as soon as possible, but Judge is a free agent and earned the right to be a free agent. pic.twitter.com/WXNiYZmGfk
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Cashman Hopes To Keep Judge
Here, Cashman is simply echoing the sentiments of all Yankees fans.
Judge blasted 62 home runs during the regular season and broke Roger Maris‘ single-season AL home run record which stood for over six decades.
In addition to his 62 homers, Judge batted .311 and knocked in 131 runs, coming close to winning the AL Triple Crown and being the first to do so since Miguel Cabrera in 2012.
Free agency will officially begin tomorrow at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, at which point Judge will be eligible to either re-sign with the Yankees or sign elsewhere.
Teams such as the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets all figure to be in play for the slugger and AL MVP favorite.
But Cashman and the Yankees are prepared to do whatever it takes to bring back Judge.