Because the MLB world descended on San Diego for the annual winter conferences, essentially the most coveted free agent within the sport additionally headed south — to Tampa Bay.
Rumors proceed to swirl out of Southern California in regards to the bidding conflict for Aaron Judge’s providers between the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and probably different groups, however Judge himself was on the alternative facet of the continent, taking within the Monday Evening Soccer contest between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints. Judge additionally spent a while conversing with Tom Brady earlier than the sport.
Brady, after all, is aware of a factor or two about being a megastar who switches groups in free company. He signed with the Bucs in 2020 after 20 years (and 6 Tremendous Bowl championships) with the New England Patriots and instantly led Tampa Bay to a Tremendous Bowl title of its personal.
Judge remains to be a scorching subject in San Diego, nonetheless, as his representatives are reportedly nonetheless in communication with the Yankees and Giants. Judge reportedly already has a contract supply in hand for 9 years and over $300 million, with the bidding anticipated to go even greater.
By comparability, Tampa Bay’s MLB workforce, the Rays, not too long ago signed pitcher Zach Eflin to the biggest contract given to a free agent in franchise historical past — a three-year, $40 million deal.
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Judge is coming off one of many best free-agency stroll years in MLB historical past, wherein he broke Roger Maris’s American League single-season residence run report and received AL MVP. Judge completed the season with a .311 batting common, 62 residence runs and 131 RBIs, main the Yankees to an AL East division championship. The Yankees have been swept within the American League Championship Sequence by the eventual World Sequence-champion Houston Astros.
Judge additionally wore a Mike Evans jersey as a present of gratitude after the Bucs receiver wore a Judge jersey when the slugger broke Maris’ report.
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