November 23: Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the assembly went nicely and that the Giants are anticipated to make a proposal to Judge quickly.
November 21: The Giants are planning to take a seat down with the market’s high free agent this week, as Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets they’re anticipated to satisfy with Aaron Judge. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com stories the events have a sit-down scheduled for tomorrow (on Twitter).
It’s notable however fully unsurprising to see the Giants out there for Judge. They’ve lengthy been speculated as maybe the highest menace to the Yankees for the reigning AL MVP’s providers. That’s each a mirrored image of the slugger’s ties to Northern California and, extra importantly, to the abundance of monetary respiration room on the Giants’ disposal. As MLBTR’s Darragh McDonald explored this afternoon, the Giants are as well-positioned as any group to make a serious splash on the open market.
San Francisco’s 2023 payroll commitments are at present estimated round $133MM, per Roster Resource. They’ve opened seasons with gamers spending upwards of $200MM in earlier seasons, and whereas these heights had been reached earlier than the pandemic, they’re nonetheless nicely shy of final 12 months’s $155MM Opening Day determine. The long-term books are nearly naked, with simply over $20MM in assured commitments for 2024. By 2025, the membership has solely a $3.5MM participant possibility for Wilmer Flores on the ledger. In that context, it is simple to grasp president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi declaring on the GM Meetings earlier this month that “from a monetary standpoint, there could be no person that will be out of our capability.”
That contains Judge, who is anticipated to land the biggest deal of the offseason. He set the AL dwelling run file with 62 dwelling runs and hit .311/.425/.686 by way of 157 video games. It’d have been almost inconceivable to attract up a greater platform season, and whereas Judge actually cannot be anticipated to copy that form of manufacturing, he is now a profession .284/.394/.583 hitter in over 3000 MLB plate appearances . Few gamers are extra imposing offensive forces. Judge additionally sometimes charges as an above-average defensive proper fielder and performed fairly nicely over 632 2/3 innings of heart area work for the Yankees this previous season. He’d in all probability be a greater match for the nook in spacious Oracle Park, however his play in proper area would improve an outfield protection that was among the many league’s worst this 12 months.
MLBTR predicts Judge to land an eight-year deal value $332MM; the $41.5MM common annual worth would rank second all-time, whereas it might be the biggest general assure for a free agent in historical past. While the Yankees and Giants are usually perceived because the favorites within the bidding, he is additionally been linked to the Dodgers. Feinsand first reported final month that LA was contemplating the opportunity of leaping into the Judge market whereas considering kicking Mookie Betts into second base. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reiterated the Dodgers’ curiosity final week.
Of course, there are myriad potentialities for the Giants (and different big-spending groups) past Judge. San Francisco has additionally been related to the highest free agent shortstops accessible — Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts — in addition to heart fielder Brandon Nimmo. San Francisco additionally has wants within the bullpen and will look to make a splash on the high of the rotation. There are a variety of avenues for Zaidi and his entrance workplace to discover, beginning on the very high of free company.