Aaron Judge Agrees to Massive $360M Deal to Stay with the New York Yankees – According to various reports published on Wednesday morning, the superstar baseball player and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $90-million, nine-year contract. Jon Morosi, an MLB Network insider, was among the first to confirm the news. Morosi said that Aaron Judge is in agreement with the Yankees. Judge, 30 years old, made his debut with the squad in 2016 and has played exclusively for the organization since he was drafted in 2013.
In October, Judge surpassed Roger Maris’ American League record for home runs in a single season, thereby delivering a historic performance for the team. “It’s an incredible honor and there’s a lot of emotions,” he told the Yes Network after his 62nd homer. “It took me a little longer than I wanted to but it’s something pretty special.” Speculation over Judge’s free agency had Yankees fans concerned he would part ways with the organization.
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After seven seasons with the New York Yankees, he was among the most highly desired free agents in MLB this offseason. His 2023 destination was a major unanswered question until Wednesday, with rumors persisting that he was considering, among others, the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres. One MLB insider erroneously reported that Judge had agreed to a deal with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, before apologizing for “jumping the gun.”
Judge, who was just named TIME’s 2022 Athlete of the Year, graced the outlet’s cover on Tuesday, and put added worry into Yankees fan’s hearts when he talked about feeling excited for free agency. “When I was young and getting into the game, all guys ever talked about was, ‘Hey, wait until you become a free agent. You’re getting a chance to make your own decision, start a legacy somewhere, start something new somewhere,’ ” he said. “I’m looking forward to the whole process, man. It’s going to be special.”