Aaron Judge Oct 22, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While various suitors are lining up to see if they can pry Aaron Judge away from the New York Yankees, the superstar slugger has an offer on the table from the team he’s spent his entire career with until now.

Judge has hit the free agency market following this past record-breaking season with the Yankees, who would certainly welcome him back with open arms, though fans are certainly concerned about their chances of landing Judge. Since then, a bunch of teams entered the Judge sweepstakes with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers emerging as possibilities.

If the Yankees are going to lose Judge, however, they’re not going down without a fight. According to ESPN’s Jess Passan, the Bronx Bombers have an initial offer on the table for eight years and “in the neighborhood” of $300 million.

Eight years and $300 million would give Judge an Average Annual Value of $37.5 million, which would break the current record held by Mike Trout. There’s little doubt that Judge will own that record after he signs his next contract, but it’s just a question of whether or not New York’s offer remains the best one.

We’ll see if the Yankees are able to beat out the Giants, Dodgers, and others to retain Aaron Judge. But in the meantime, the MLB world had some interesting thoughts about the contract offer.


[Jeff Passan]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.