The Winter Meetings are coming up next week, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that calls on free agents and potential trades are picking up ahead of what could be a climactic few days in San Diego when executives convene for the first time in person since 2019.
Of course, the crown jewel to be discussed at the Winter Meetings will be Aaron Judge, who Passan says is expected to break the AAV record for a position player at the meetings, and will eclipse Mike Trout’s $35.5 million per year.
Will that record contract be signed with the Yankees? Per Passan, the expectation around the league is that it will be, with Passan reporting that the Yankees currently have an offer on the table “in the neighborhood” of eight years and $300 million, but would be willing to raise it if the Giants come in with a stronger offer.
An eight-year, $300 million deal would give Judge an AAV of $37.5 million, which would indeed break the current record held by Trout.
There hasn’t been much noise on the Judge front since the season ended, but that could change drastically by the start of next week.
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