Giants Named As Potential Landing Spot For Aaron Judge

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Aaron Judge is excited going into the new season with the Yankees and is confident about their chances. In this picture, Judge #99 of the New York Yankees reacts against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City, Oct. 8, 2018.

The New York Yankees failed to put a lock on All-Star Aaron Judge, and such could be telling once the current MLB season ends.

Judge set an opening day deadline to seal a long-term deal with the Yankees, but nothing transpired.

New York allegedly dangled a seven-year, $213.5 million deal to the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year although the offer was worth more than $230 million when added to the $17 million from arbitration, Marly Rivera of ESPN reported.

However, the figures just did not add up to the 30-year-old MLB player who was allegedly looking for an annual pay of $36 million, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported.

"I'm just disappointed because I've been vocal that I want to be a Yankee for life," Judge told reporters after the deadline for a potential new deal lapsed.

Hence, it will be an interesting season ahead for Judge and the Yankees. But unless New York can come up with an acceptable offer to Judge, all signs point to a potential move elsewhere.

One possible landing spot for the two-time Silver Slugger awardee is the San Francisco Giants, Jon Heyman of the New York Post suggested.

Judge cheered for San Francisco when he was growing up.

Other MLB teams are expected to enter the picture with Judge slated to become a free agent after this season.

However, it remains to be seen which among these teams would have the funds to give him the $36 million annual paycheck he is looking for.

Judge is slashing .307/.381/.664 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI through 36 games.

In addition, his numbers alone are indicators that he could provide any MLB team a big boost.

For the Giants, offering Judge a megadeal could be the only option or possibly more.

If San Francisco wants to relive their glory years, particularly from 2010 to 2014 when they won three World Series, it will cost them heftily.

The Yankees and Judge can reopen talks on June 22, but this will be held with an arbiter–someone who will determine the All-Star right fielder’s salary for the 2022 season, reported.

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