If they want to remain in the elite of the American League and avoid entering a painful period of mediocrity, then they must make re-signing Judge the number one priority in the offseason.
If they lose him, they may go from a 99-win team to a 90-win team struggling to make the postseason.
Yankees chairman and managing partner Hal Steinbrenner discussed the possibility of bringing back Judge on the YES Network.
Steinbrenner And Judge Are Already Talking About A Potential Return
“We’re going to do everything we can to make that happen,” he said, shared in the tweet below, suggesting that the team will be able to retain him.
Steinbrenner and Judge have talked since the end of the season, and the overall sensations about where the player currently is are being qualified as positive.
“Hal Steinbrenner tells @M_Marakovits that he has had “more than one” conversation with Aaron Judge since the season ended, adding that they were “very positive,” Yankees insider Bryan Hoch tweeted.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) November 11, 2022
Judge rejected $230 million from the Yankees before the start of the season, and that was before he hit 62 home runs and breaking the single-season American League record.
That was also before he hit .311, with a .425 OBP and a slugging percentage that was near .700 in the last few days of the season.
Judge won the Hank Aaron award, the Silver Slugger award, and next week should be lifting the AL MVP award.
With each passing day, his value goes up: he could possibly eclipse the $300 million barrier at this point, with $320 million being a possibility.
No man in baseball changed his financial future like he did this year.