The Aaron Judge sweepstakes could be coming to an end very soon, and both the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants remain on the edge of their seats on what the free-agent slugger will ultimately decide.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, a decision could come within the week and that the odds are at “50-50” between New York and San Francisco.
“The Giants are a very realistic possibility,” Morosi said Thursday morning on MLB Network. “…We are very close to 50-50 where if the Giants step up, and get that [annual average value] closer to $40 million a year, there’s a legitimate chance Aaron Judge becomes a San Francisco Giants.”
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Yankees had an offer on the table of eight years “in the neighborhood” of $300 million, which would make Judge the highest-paid position player in MLB on an annual average basis, surpassing Angels star Mike Trout.
Passan noted in his report that the Yankees could even increase their offer as they will be aggressive in trying to retain the reigning AL MVP.
While Morosi spoke optimistically about the Giants’ chances of landing Judge, he also cautioned that it likely will not happen unless the organization as a “credible, actionable plan to put a winning team around him that could get to the postseason.”
The Giants are coming off a season in which they went 81-81 and finished third in the NL West while the Yankees reached the ALCS before being swept by the Astros.
When Judge won the MVP in November, he did say in an interview he was hoping to get his free agency signing done quickly so that it can allow other moves to be made — which many fans and pundits attempted to decipher as a hint on where he could ultimately sign.
Judge has continued to play his cards close to his chest and wherever he does sign will ultimately be the first domino to fall in what is expected to be a busy MLB offseason.