The San Francisco Giants have made no secret of their desire to bring Aaron Judge to the Bay Area. They are getting their chance to make their case.
According to Mark Feinsand from MLB Network, Judge is set to meet with the Giants on Tuesday. As they are considered to be one of the bigger threats to the Yankees in regards to landing the slugger, there will be plenty of eyes on this meeting.
San Francisco Giants getting their chance with Aaron Judge
The Giants made it clear that they are willing to spend heavily this offseason. Not only are they eyeing Judge, but they are also looking to shop at the top of the shortstop market. The Giants will also need to remake their rotation and find a new top of the rotation arm after Carlos Rodon opted out of his contract.
Judge would certainly be that upgrade for the lineup and outfield that the Giants are coveting. He posted an impressive .311/.425/.686 batting line with an American League record 62 homers in his 696 plate appearances, single-handedly carrying the Yankees lineup at times last season. Judge would be a game changer for any team.
That performance is also going to lead to quite the contract for Judge. He had gambled on himself, turning down a seven year extension worth more than $30 million per year at the start of the season. Now, Judge could be looking at those same seven year while approaching the $40 million mark, if not surpassing that threshold on a shorter deal.
It would be a contract that is also out of character for the Giants. They have typically looked at shorter deals when it comes to those large dollar amounts, refusing to tie up large amounts of their payroll. However, when a superstar that can transform the roster comes available, changing that stance makes perfect sense.
The San Francisco Giants have coveted Aaron Judge since it was clear he would be a free agent. They are getting their chance to bring him on board.