Aaron Judge reportedly signs $360m, nine-year contract with New York Yankees
A source says Aaron Judge will sign a $360m, nine-year contract with the Yankees.
ESPN and MLB Network announced Judge's new contract after the source told the Associated Press.
Judge is the highest-paid position player at $40m each season. Only Mike Trout's $426.5m contract with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts' $365m deal with the Dodgers are bigger in baseball history. Judge earns more than the other two, who have 12-year contracts.
New York offered Judge a $213.5m seven-year contract from 2023-29 before last season. He declined hours before opening day in April.
Judge 6'7" won by betting on himself. In 2022, he set an American League record with 62 homers, helping the Yankees win the AL East.
He tied for the big league lead with 131 RBIs and missed a Triple Crown with a.311 average. Judge became the Yankees' first AL MVP since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
The 30-year-old gained $146.5m and two guaranteed seasons after rejecting the Yankees' preseason offer.
Last month, the northern California native met with the San Francisco Giants, and additional organizations were presumably watching the slugger.