Aaron Judge will soon be very wealthy after his MVP-winning, record-breaking season.
The New York Yankees offered him eight years and $230.5 Million before Opening Day. He gambled on himself and won big.
The free agent has been offered a big-time deal after he hit an American League record of 62 home runs, led the majors in many other categories, and was in the Triple Crown race up until the end.
ESPN reports that Judge was offered an eight-year deal by the Yankees worth $300 million.
Judge’s AAV (annual average value) of $37.5 million if the number is $300,000,000 on the dot would make it the highest position player in baseball history (Max Scherzer, New York Mets pitcher, is currently at $43.3 million).
This would also be the fifth such free-agent contract and the 10th total deal to exceed that amount.
ESPN points out that the Yankees may increase their offer depending on the offer made by Judge to other teams (the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers are the most significant threats).
Judge earned $19 million in arbitration last season — a figure he and the Yankees reached after being $4 million apart in arbitration.
According to reports, the 30-year-old had been looking for a deal that would last at least nine years or more than $300 million before this season.
The Yankees brought back Anthony Rizzo, first baseman, on a 2-year deal worth $34 million. There is also a club option for a $6 million buyout. Judge and Rizzo have been close friends since Judge was traded to the Bronx on July 20, 2021.
Although the free agent market has been slow so far, it seems likely that Judge will sign at next week’s MLB Winter Meetings, SNY reported.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner stated that Judge should be a Yankee for the rest of his life. Judge did however meet with the Giants last Wednesday. Judge, a native of Linden in California, grew up a Giants enthusiast.
The judge was the leader in majors in homers (131), RBI (131), on-base percentage (.425), and runs (133), while his AL-leading 111 walks were a record. His.311 batting score was second in the AL, just five points behind Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins.