MLB Insider Reveals How Aaron Judge Got His Megadeal

David Kaestle
The story behind how Aaron Judge re-signed with the Yankees.
The story behind how Aaron Judge re-signed with the Yankees. / Associated Press

Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees are reunited. Judge and the Bronx Bombers agreed to a 9-year, $360 million dollar contract for the superstar right fielder on Wednesday morning, making Judge the highest-paid position player in baseball history based on average annual value.

Aaron Judge Re-Signs With Yankees

While there were mixed signals all day about where Judge was signing on Tuesday, even some suggesting a deal to SF was imminent, it was Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner that cut through the noise to get the deal done.

Steinbrenner reportedly got on the phone with Judge late last night and confirmed with Judge that he did indeed want to remain a Yankee. When he got that confirmation, Judge said matching San Francisco's offer would get him to sign on the dotted line for the Yankees, Hal agreed and Judge is back in pinstripes.

Hal had talked a big game heading into this offseason. For the first time in his life as the Yankees' principal owner, the younger Steinbrenner began to sound like his father George, the legendary and eccentric former Yankees owner that passed away.

Hal's lack of boldness and passion for winning that made his father so beloved in New York was always his biggest criticism. When Hal got booed by the home crowd on Derek Jeter night, and then the team fell short once again in the playoffs, it must have flipped a switch in Hal. We've seen a side of him we never have before, and for Yankees fans, that is a welcomed sight.

While some may say George would have never let Judge get close to free agency, Hal certainly stepped up when it was most important. At the 11th-hour, with the best player in baseball on the line, both literally and figuratively, he did what helped his dad become so successful, he simply got it done.

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