Aaron Judge just breaks the bank with the New York Yankees in his latest signing. One thing for certain, the next team dinner will be going on Judge’s tab. The biggest baseball offseason question was answered once Judge signed a nine-year, $360 million, deal to remain with the Yankees, according to ESPN.
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30-year-old Judge hit free agency after one of the greatest seasons in baseball history. While he didn’t catch San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds it still was a legendary season. He hit 62 homers to break Roger Maria’s record in 1961. He earned his MVP award while hitting .311/.425./.686 and AL-leading 131 RBIs.
Judge’s historic season came after him having a tough season prior. In fact, many believed he was done and the Yankees should trade or get rid of him. This led to no contract extension prior to opening day, however, this lit a fire under Judge. After the season concluded, Yankees owner Hal Stein Brenner expressed he wanted Judge to be a Yankee for life.
Why did Aaron Judge Sign With the New York Yankees?
Judge flew into San Diego this week to decide among the three teams to choose from the Yankees, Giants, and Padres. He then chose to stay home and be loyal to the Yankees similar to Yankees legend Derek Jeter.
“We’d love to have our player back,” Cashman said Monday. “We would love to continue to call him our player every step of the way as he follows what looks like — as long as nothing happens — a career path that will lead him to Cooperstown. I would like him to be in pinstripes every step of the way.”