Aaron Judge’s sweepstakes is about to start.
After the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees in the 2022 ALCS, the clock began ticking down on what the 30-year-old plans to do this MLB offseason.
Despite negotiations between the two sides, The judge turned down a $213.5 million contract offer. in June, so it looks like the Yankee batter will check the open market.
PointsBet has calculated the odds of which team gets the referee’s signature and the top three teams are in the NL, with the Giants having the best odds of signing an outfielder at +200 odds, excluding the Yankees.
San Francisco is followed by the New York Mets (+275) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (+300). Seeing the eternal rival of San Francisco sign a contract with a judge, Los Angeles is reported to be a serious player for an outfielder, it would be a nightmare for Giants fans.
While baseball operations team president Farhan Zaidi isn’t known for high-profile free agent signings, the push to land Judge could be a relinquishment of ownership.
In September, This was stated by ESPN MLB senior writer Buster Olney. on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” that if the Giants were players in the judges’ lotteries, the decision would come from Zaidi from above.
“It seems to me that if this move happens, it will be at the level of ownership,” Olney said. “… If you look at how Farhan makes deals, that’s not what he’s going to do.
“It would have to be a possession basically saying, ‘Look, we need the face of the franchise. We need a strong striker. We need a guy that the fans will rally around and get excited about how they were with Barry Bonds when they signed him back that day.”
While ownership may be central to Judge, the Yankees star is a player Zaidi likes. considering the batter is his MVP AL over Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Otani for Giants president.