The New York Yankees have an eight-year, $300 million offer on the table for free agent RF Aaron Judge, per ESPN. That offer could increase depending on the market for the AL MVP. Judge has been visiting with teams, reportedly the San Francisco Giants more recently. The Los Angeles Dodgers are also expected to be in the running for the slugger.
Judge is coming off a historic season in which he hit 62 home runs to set the AL mark for most in a campaign. That passed former Yankee Roger Maris’ previous record of 61 in 1961. Judge was also tied for the MLB lead in RBI with 131 and also led the Majors in pretty much every offensive stat category (OBP, SLG, OPS, WAR).
The Yankees had offered a seven-year contract in the neighborhood of $30.5 million per season, per reports prior to the season. Judge turned down that offer to seek a bigger contract, likely looking for more years and money.
The new offer the Yankees have on the table would make Judge the highest paid player in MLB history at $37.5 million per season over eight years. Right now, Los Angeles Angels CF Mike Trout is the highest paid player at around $35.5 million per season. Dodgers RF Mookie Betts is second at $30.4 million per year.
It would take a lot for Judge to leave New York to head to San Fran given the Yankees appear poised to go higher. The Yankees could re-sign Judge and name him captain, the first since Derek Jeter retired. The Giants’ appeal is Judge can be close to home and have less pressure outside of the New York market.