While the Giants and Dodgers appear to be the biggest threats to signing superstar Aaron Judge, both pose potential complications in lawsuits against the Yankees, who hold advantages for Judge in legacy, ballpark and familiarity.
The Giants are clearly enthusiastic in their efforts and say they are “thrilled” for their visit this week with Judge, but the idea that they hold a “hometown” advantage seems specious; he’s from Linden, California, two hours and a lifestyle away. (Judge currently lives in Tampa, which is Yankees territory.)
The Giants have tried for big power stars before, but failed for Bryce Harper and were rejected by judge’s friend Giancarlo Stanton. They may have learned from Harper’s trial, when they came in late and low, but Oracle Park still ranks in the bottom third for home runs even though it wouldn’t hold up most of Judge’s super long runs.
The Dodgers are watching Judge and top shortstops, and while they’ve cut $100 million from their payroll so far (Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Cody Bellinger, Joey Gallo, Trea Turner , Justin Turner), they seem interested in cutting their payroll by $290 million and could also use a shortstop.
Some think they wouldn’t mind filling that need internally with Gavin Lux, but even if they do turn to Judge, even in their most intense moments, they specialize in value. Mookie Betts at around $290 million (the value of his $365 million contract with deferrals) and Freddie Freeman at $150 million (the value of his $162 million contract) are among the best recent management deals . Judge certainly doesn’t look like he’s going to be a value play after a historic season, at least when he’s signed.
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