March 15, 2024

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Aaron Judge Reveals He Was ‘upset’ by Yankees Publicly Revealing Details of Contract Extension Offer

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Aaron Judge Reveals He Was 'upset' by Yankees Publicly Revealing Details of Contract Extension Offer

The slugger continues to be the most-discussed available free agent.

Aaron Judge is unsurprisingly the most sought-after and talked-about free agent at the moment. He just completed the 2022 season, during which he won the American League MVP award and set the AL single-season home run record. The current New York Yankees continue to appear to be the front-runners to re-sign him, but the San Francisco Giants are also widely believed to be a strong contender.

In relation to this, Judge was recently recognized as Time magazine’s 2022 Athlete of the Year. The slugger has a few quotes in the article about his most recent honor that one might think about sharing in relation to his ongoing free agency. The native of Linden, California, first says this. — about a two-hour drive from A Giants fan from San Francisco once said about that specific team, “I’ve been a Giants fan since I was a kid.” Sean Gregory writes:

“He was actually reminded of a prediction he made in 2010, during his senior year at Linden High School, by his wife, Samantha Bracksieck, his high school sweetheart. ‘According to Judge, “I said, in 10 years, I’ll be married to Sam and playing for the San Francisco Giants.”‘ That better not get out, I thought as the judge grinned.'”

Another excerpt that may be considered ominous for the Yankees notes Judge’s frustration when the team went public with negotiations on a contract extension last spring:

“He had been taken off guard in April when Brian Cashman, the general manager of the New York Yankees, took the unusual step of publicly disclosing that Judge had declined $213.5 million to stay in the Bronx for the ensuing seven years. ‘We kind of said, Hey, let’s keep this between us,'” says Judge. “When the numbers were revealed, I was a little miffed. I realize it’s a negotiating ploy. Turn my supporters against me and the media against me to put pressure on me. I didn’t like that portion of it.”

Considering Judge’s cunning nature, it’s likely that he is aware of how these remarks will be perceived during the negotiation phase of his free agency and that they could increase the Yankees’ sense of urgency in trying to re-sign the franchise player. The comments undoubtedly give Judge’s waking dreams of playing for the Giants in San Francisco a little bit more real for the team and their supporters.


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