Whenever anyone talks about the 2023 MLB free agency class, Aaron Judge's name is one of the first to come up. The talented slugger is one of the biggest free agents in a long time, capable of shifting a franchise's outlook for years to come.
Judge set an American League record in 2022 by belting 62 home runs for the New York Yankees. He also led MLB in RBIs (131), OPS (1.111), total bases (391) and WAR (10.6), putting together a season for the ages.
In other words, Judge should see plenty of attention in the coming days. In the meantime, here are the three most likely destinations for him this offseason.
Aaron Judge Free Agency
3. New York Mets
There's the possibility that Judge likes playing in New York, but doesn't want to deal with the responsibility of being a Yankee. While attention will follow him anywhere he goes, signing with the New York Mets could scratch that itch. They're also arguably a better team than the Yankees after compiling a superior record during the regular season last year. Judge may also enjoy the prospect of playing at Citi Field, where he's hit 5 home runs in 13 career starts. Judge may want to stick it to his old team after they lowballed him during contract negotiations and their fans booed him during the playoffs. If the Mets want to be the team in New York, putting Judge on their roster is the way to go.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Whenever a world-class free agent becomes available, the Los Angeles Dodgers are usually near the top of the potential destination list. After all, big names are attracted to the winning culture that the Dodgers have cultivated over the past decade, which includes 10 straight playoff appearances. MLB insider Mark Feinsand reported in October that Los Angeles wants to make a play for Judge and is even willing to move Mookie Betts to second base to make a deal work. Adding Judge to a team that just won a franchise-record 111 games would be the cherry on top. Considering that Judge grew up and went to college in California, a homecoming with the Dodgers is a match made in heaven.
1. New York Yankees
With Judge being one of the biggest free agents ever, you can bet the Yankees will do everything in their power to keep him. He's been the face of the franchise since 2017 and the organization would look foolish if he walks, especially after the season he just had. New York needs him in the heart of their lineup if they want to win a World Series for the first time since 2009, which is starting to feel like an eternity ago in the Bronx. There's no bigger stage than playing for the Yankees and Judge has the chance to be an all-time great if he stays in the Big Apple.
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