Aaron Judge is staying in New York.
According to Jon Morosi, Judge and the Yankees agreed on a nine-year, $360 million contract early on Wednesday morning.
— MLB (@MLB) December 7, 2022
This comes less than a day after Jon Heyman had a false alarm that Judge had signed a deal to join the San Fransisco Giants. Heyman’sreport sent the baseball world into a frenzy for a few minutes but he deleted the Tweet and said that he jumped the gun.
Giants say they have not heard on Aaron Judge, My apologies for jumping the gun.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2022
There was always a thought that Judge might head home to play in California but it’s not overly surprising that he and the Yankees made it work. Judge is coming off one of the most impressive individual seasons in Yankees history and losing him in free agency after a 62-home run, MVP-winning showing would have been an ugly look for New York. From Judge’s perspective, he’ll now play the rest of his career in pinstripes and likely go down as an all-time Yankee great.
It’ll be interesting to see what else the Yankees do this winter now that they’ve opened up their wallets to keep Judge around. In other Yankees-related news, pitcher Jameson Taillon is joining the Chicago Cubs on a four-year, $68 million contract.