Giants Named Contender to Make Superstar Signing Next Free Agency

Larry Rupp
Jeff Passan named the San Francisco Giants as a team to watch in the Aaron Judge Sweepstakes.
Jeff Passan named the San Francisco Giants as a team to watch in the Aaron Judge Sweepstakes. / Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge is playing his way into the MVP conversation and his dominance is going to land him a massive contract next offseason. The question that remains is whether or not the New York Yankees will be willing to give it to him. Jeff Passan recently named who he sees as their biggest competition.

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Passan mentioned on "Baseball Tonight" that the San Francisco Giants are in a perfect position to steal Judge right out from under the Yankees' grasp. They have little to no money tied up in long-term deals and are in major need of a power bat to cement the middle of an otherwise balanced lineup.

“While I do think ultimately he winds up in pinstripes next year, do not count out the San Francisco Giants."

Jeff Passan on Aaron Judge

Adding Judge to Gabe Kapler's team would obviously be a game-changer. The 30-year-old has made three All-Star appearances and is slashing .318/.389/.676 across 39 games played in 2022. He also leads the league in home runs (15) and has racked up 33 runs scored as well as 31 RBI.

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Judge is expected to warrant a contract north of $300 million and the Giants only have around $89 million committed to the payroll in 2023. Heading home to the west coast has to be an enticing option for a standout right fielder that grew up in Linden, California as a Giants fan himself.

This is a situation worth keeping an eye on moving forward. Seeing the Yankees make a deep playoff run would go a long way in convincing Judge to stick around. For now, manager Aaron Boone's team has the second-best odds to win the World Series at +600, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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