The San Francisco Giants tried to impress MLB superstar Aaron Judge with a star of their own during their two-day meeting earlier this week, but they chose to think outside the diamond. To remind Judge of the talent he can find in his neighbourhood, the group reportedly enlisted Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry.
Judge, a native of California, has played for the New York Yankees exclusively since 2016. Although the Bronx franchise has not won a World Series championship since 2009, the four-time All-Star is still considering his options.
In a recent Instagram story, Giants outfielder Joe Pederson stated, “We’re ready when u’re 99.”
On Monday, Judge landed in San Francisco. He and his agent attended dinner that night at Oracle Park with Giants CEO Larry Baer, team president Farhan Zaidi, manager Gabe Kapler, and other staff members. The following day, the meetings went on as planned.
There will be no shortage of offers for the reigning American League MVP, but this was Judge’s first visit to a team other than the Yankees. The Giants anticipate Judge to speak with other teams in the coming days, a source told. The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the teams expressing a lot of interest.
Although California has wonderful weather and a lot of stars, Judge is not necessarily moving there because the option to stay in New York is still very much open.
Prior to the start of the season, Judge declined a $213.5 million offer from the Yankees that would have been valid from 2023 through 2029. After that, he continued to make history by hitting an AL-record 62 home runs this season, raising his market value. Hal Steinbrenner, the owner of the Yankees, met with Judge alone earlier this month and expressed optimism about the possibility of his team re-signing him.
“He does, in fact, seem to want to be a Yankee. I believe that this is going well “During a media briefing at the MLB owners meeting, Steinbrenner said.