How Aaron Judge’s MVP Deserving Season Changes His Imminent Free Agency

by Jake Mintz
FOX Sports MLB Writer

The price has definitely gone up. This much without a doubt.

On the opening day of the 2022 season, Aaron Judge bet on himself. Hours before the start of the match against red socksAnd the Yankees GM Brian Cashman has revealed that the defense giant has rejected an offer to extend the team for seven years, worth $213.5 million. The judge will not negotiate during the season, preferring to focus on the “job on the field.”

Because of what the MLS Player of the Year has accomplished since — 60 house hurdles and counting, a series of desperate big league bombers in his wake — this show seems woefully inadequate in hindsight. But at the time, New York’s proposal was deemed fair, if not slightly increased in the judge’s favour.

The early weeks of the season were filled with a frenzy of will-stay-or-go for his impending free agency. Since then, the judge’s on-court superiority has turned attention toward his exhilarating chase for the AL record on home soil. And while the Yankees’ brass, the planned faithful and the judge himself are now understandably focused more on what’s next for the next season, chasing a run, or both, the future lurks and slows down like a monster under the bed.

Aaron Judge hits No. 60

In an epic comeback against the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Aaron Judge hit his 60th home run this season.

Even if he reaches another 20 this year, the judge will likely not exceed the standard contracts set by the likes Fernando TateAnd the Francis Lindor And the Bryce Harper. While the judge has destroyed every pitcher from Boston to Los Angeles, age is a mighty force against which he has no control. All of these aforementioned players signed their mega contracts in their early to mid twenties. Next year will be the season for the 31-year-old judge.

His historically brilliant year has obviously changed his calculus – he’s certainly earned over $213.5 million – but has it made him more or less likely to return with the Yankees in the long run?

The sentiment around baseball, as it was at the start of the season, was that the Yankees would shell out whatever it took to keep the Judge in stripped streaks. He is, the thinking goes, the Yankees deserve more than any other team. between the judge Aroldis ChapmanAnd the Zach Britton Another group, New York, has about $75 million on payroll this winter, bringing the team’s total estimate down to about $175 million, well below the luxury tax threshold.

The Yankees will have the money and the will, and if their mid-range squad in 2022 is any indication, so is the need. Each MVP Judge Argument includes a copy of Imagine the Yankees Without a Judge. They don’t want to live this nightmare and may want to overpay to avoid it.

The Supreme Judge’s mark might actually help the Yanks in a roundabout way. There’s a big difference between a $220 million deal and a $300 million deal (mathematicians know it’s exactly $80 million). Not every team is ready to roll out 220, but there are fewer of those willing to roll out 300. It must be emphasized that everyone MLB Teams can afford to pay a contract that big, but the truth is that the baseball middle class may “leave the chat” at this price range.

Clubs that have spent a lot of money in recent years – teams like PhyllisAnd the NoticeAnd the blue jays And the parents – He would be wary of making more long-distance dough, while rising aspirants like OriolesAnd the D-backs And the Marlins He showed no desire to flash this level of criticism.

This leaves the heaviest hitters in baseball to contend for the biggest player in baseball: the good team at it Angelsbad team, Chicagothe other team in New YorkThe giants And the Red Sox, too. Only those with the deepest pocket notebooks will be allowed to sit at the adult table.

The Mets family and their new owner, Steve Cohen, are the biggest X-factors. Cohen, the 96th richest person currently sucking air, played the Mets like a video game where all rules are off and all cheat codes are triggered. It’s purely speculation at this point, but one might assume that Bigwig in Queens would love nothing more than catching the game’s most dangerous mammoth from a Crosstown rival. Money is not a goal for the lucky ones. Or put another way: The second richest owner in American professional sports doesn’t care much if a judge gets fired at the end of a long deal.

Now let’s say the Yankees suffered another exit in early October. Can Seattle Pulling out of the 1995 replay, the Toronto squad might beat the New York base, maybe Astros She is just so good. If something like that happens, Aaron Boone remains public enemy number one at the top of Manhattan, and Ron Marinaccio On the beach in Tortola by November 1st.

Had the judge left the city in this scenario, no one would blame him. Hell, I’m going too, and my NYC lease doesn’t expire until next August. There is no easier way to get out of the party than after dancing for five hours in a row, preparing all the drinks, and buying 1,000 pizzas for everyone.

But at the end of the day, it’s all about the money, as always. We can discuss and think about soft factors all we want, but nothing screams louder than the blue hundreds. Next year, Judge will play for the team he decides to give him the most out of. This is the world we live in.

Aaron Judge knows it. It’s a gambler’s hell.

Jake Mintz, the top half of @CespedesBBQ, He is a baseball writer for FOX Sports. He is a fan of Orioles and lives in New York City, and as such leads a secluded life in most October residents. If he’s not watching baseball, he’s almost certainly riding his bike. Follow him on Twitter @Jake Mintz.

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