MLB’s most wished free agent, Aaron Judge, has touched down in San Francisco.
A video captured Judge upon arrival, the place he gave an attention-grabbing comment about what he is doing in city.
“Visiting some household and associates, that is about it. That’s about it,” he mentioned winking at the digital camera.
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Judge is from Linden Calif., which is about 90 minutes away from San Francisco the place the Giants, a group linked to the 2022 AL MVP in free company, performs. Judge additionally grew up a Giants fan throughout his days of terrorizing baseball groups whereas taking part in for Linden High School and Fresno State, finally being chosen by the New York Yankees in the first spherical of the 2013 MLB Draft.
So what precisely do Judge’s “family and friends” have deliberate?
“We obtained one thing,” he mentioned smiling.
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Looking to finest the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, the Giants are wanting to make a splash, and there could be none higher than a homegrown product like Judge. And whereas there are numerous different suitors, together with the Yankees, San Fran does have cash to spend.
According to Spotrac, the Giants have the 14th-highest payroll in MLB at $95.95 million proper now.
On the different hand, groups like the Yankees and New York Mets are at the high of the bunch and nonetheless prepared to open their examine books for Judge’s providers.
Anthony Rizzo, who lately re-signed with the Yankees on a two-year deal, lobbied for his clubhouse buddy in Judge to head again to the Bronx.
“I hope Judge stays only for the sake of the sport,” Rizzo mentioned Wednesday, “since you see lots of franchise icons not getting what they deserve for the group that they’ve executed a lot for.”
Rizzo has even mentioned Judge deserves to be the subsequent Yankees captain if he re-signs.
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But the presents might be steep following his MVP marketing campaign, and it could come down to who outbids the remainder of the discipline. Will the Giants step up? Will the Yankees, Mets or possibly even the Dodgers flex their monetary muscle tissues?
Judge and his group will discover out simply how far every group is prepared to broaden their payroll in the coming weeks.
The 6-foot-7 slugger was named the AL MVP this previous Thursday, receiving all however two first-place votes after a season the place he set the American League document for many house runs in a single season with 62.
Other than house runs, he additionally led the majors in RBI (131), on-base proportion (.425), slugging proportion (.686), runs (133), OPS+ (211) and whole bases (391).
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His 111 walks had been tops in the American League, and his .311 batting common ranked second in the AL, placing him in the Triple Crown dialog till the final couple of days of the season.