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Here's What the Giants Would Forfeit By Signing Aaron Judge as a Qualified Free Agent

Adam Taylor McKillop
Here's what the San Francisco Giants would forfeit by signing Aaron Judge as a qualified free agent.
Here's what the San Francisco Giants would forfeit by signing Aaron Judge as a qualified free agent. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies battle it out in the World Series, the remaining 28 MLB teams are focused on 2023. All eyes will be on a free-agent class dominated by superstar talents like Aaron Judge and Trea Turner.

But first, those players must make a decision on potential qualifying offers. This competitive balance measure allows teams with departing free agents to give them a qualifying offer worth the mean of MLB's highest-paid players. Should that free agent decline and sign elsewhere, his new team is subject to various penalties.

Let's take the case of the San Francisco Giants, who are considered a potential favorite to land Judge.

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Judge is almost a guaranteed lock to at least receive this qualifying offer. It will give the New York Yankees protection in the form of draft compensation should he sign elsewhere.

The Giants are considered one of the only true threats to steal away Judge from the Yankees. In addition to Judge's numerous Bay Area ties, San Francisco's front office has deep pockets to spend in free agency. But signing Judge will cost them.

The Giants fall into the middle bucket of this competitive tax threshold. They are not one of the six teams paying the luxury tax because of exorbitant payrolls, nor are they revenue-sharing recipients.

Because of this designation, San Francisco will be forced to forfeit its second-highest draft pick in the 2023 draft and will see its international signing pool reduced by $500K.

A small price to pay for a man who hit 62 home runs last season, but a considerably one nevertheless.

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