Bronx Bag 💰

12/08/2022 Bronx Bag 💰

By: Jeff Yoder

Aaron Judge Sweepstakes Ends With Superstar Staying in New York on 9-Year, $360 Million Deal

What a way to end the year for Aaron Judge… The Yankees outfielder capped off a historic 2022 campaign with a record-setting 62 home runs in a contract year, and as Jerry McGuire once said: “Show me the money!” Judge was the big ticket in this year’s free agent market, garnering deals around $400 million from the Giants and Padres, but he opted to stay in New York on a nine-year, $360 million contract that will keep him in the Bronx through his 30s. The contract is the third largest in baseball behind Mike Trout ($426.5M) and Mookie Betts ($365M). The Yankees fell short of their goal after getting ousted by the Astros in the postseason, but Judge’s season was one to remember.

 

Aaron Judge’s 2022 Season Stats

.311 Batting Avg. | 62 Home Runs | 131 RBIs

 

Other MLB Free-Agent News

SS Xander Bogaerts (Padres): 11 Years, $280 Million

OF Masataka Yoshida (Red Sox): 5 Years, $90 Million

C Willson Contreras (Cardinals): 5 Years, $87.5 Million

P Kenley Jansen (Red Sox): 2 Years, $32 Million

P Jose Quintana (Mets): 2 Years, $26 Million

 

Additional Storylines

NY Times: The Yankees Got Their Man & Judge Got His Money

SI: Padres Made Last-Ditch Effort to Land Aaron Judge

MLB: 5 Big Questions Raised by Judge’s Massive Deal

FOX: Aaron Judge Turned Down Much Larger Offer to Return to Yankees

 

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