If Aaron Judge does indeed reach free agency this offseason, there figures to be a slew of suitors outside the New York Yankees for his services.
On one hand, ESPN's Kiley McDaniel reported last offseason that the Giants weren't interested in signing anyone to a deal for $100 million or more, which proved true when they allowed both Kris Bryant and Kevin Gausman to depart in free agency.
On the other hand, while Bryant and Gausman are both All-Star caliber players, they aren't Judge. And Heyman reminds us that the Giants did finish runner-up to the Philadelphia Phillies for Bryce Harper ahead of the 2019 season, Zaidi's first offseason as the president of baseball operations. (The Giants reportedly offered Harper a 12-year/$310 million deal, before he accepted a 13-year/$330 million deal with the Phillies.)
Heyman also notes that Judge went to Linden High School, which is less than two hours away from Oracle Park. He was actually selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB Draft, but elected to play collegiately at Cal State University, Fresno. That decision proved to be a great one, with Judge being selected by the Yankees in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Prior to the season, Judge declined a seven-year/$213.5 million extension with the Yankees. While there's quite a bit of risk in turning down that much money, Judge is off to a torrid start in 2022, slashing .307/.381/.664 with 14 home runs, 30 RBIs and a 1.045 OPS. Whether it's the Yankees, Giants or someone else, the 30-year-old figures to cash in this offseason.