Aaron Judge is expected to meet the Giants tomorrow

The Giants plan to sit down the biggest free agent on the market this week, like MLB.com’s John Morosi Tweets They are expected to meet with him Aaron Judge. MLB.com’s Mark Vinsand reports that the sides have a seating session scheduled for tomorrow (on Twitter).

It’s noteworthy but not entirely surprising to see giants in the market for Judge. It has long been speculated that they may represent the Yankees’ greatest threat to mainstream AL MVP services. This is a reflection of the slow player’s ties to Northern California and, more importantly, to the abundance of financial breathing room at the Giants’ disposal. As MLBTR’s Darragh McDonald discovered this afternoon, the Giants are as well-positioned as any team to create major success in the open market.

San Francisco’s 2023 payroll commitments are currently estimated at approximately $133 million per roster resource. They’ve opened seasons with player spending in excess of $200 million in previous seasons, and while those heights were reached before the pandemic, they’re still just shy of last year’s opening day figure of $155 million. The long-term books are almost bare, with guaranteed commitments of just over $20 million for 2024. By 2025, the club only has a player option worth $3.5 million for Wilmer Flores on the ledger. In this context, it’s easy to understand Farhan Zaidi, the president of baseball operations, announcing at GM meetings earlier this month that “From a financial point of view, no one will be outside our capabilities. “

That includes Judge, who is expected to get the biggest deal in the offseason. He set the AL home run record with 62 home runs and hit .311/.425/.686 through 157 games. It was nearly impossible to put together a better season for the paddock, and while Judge certainly can’t be expected to replicate that kind of production, he’s now a career .284/.394/.583 hitter in over 3,000 MLB plate appearances. Few players are more offensively powerful. Judge is also typically an above-average defensive right fielder and played reasonably more than 632 2/3 innings of fielding position for the Yankees last season. He would probably be a better fit for the corner at spacious Oracle Park, but his right field play will lead to an upgrade in an outfield defense that has been among the worst in the league this year.

MLBTR expects Judge to secure an eight-year, $332 million deal; The average annual value of $41.5 million would rank second all-time, while it would be the largest overall guarantee for a free agent in history. While the Yankees and Giants are generally seen as the bidding favorites, he has also been linked with the Dodgers. Feinsand first reported last month that Los Angeles was considering the possibility of jumping into the judges market while considering kicking Mookie Pets On second base. John Heyman from the New York Post Repeat the Dodgers’ interest last week.

Of course, there are countless possibilities for the Giants (and other big-spending teams) outside of Judge. San Francisco was also tied for the top free agent stops available – Tria TurnerAnd the Carlos CorreaAnd the Dansby Swanson And the Xander Bogaerts – So is the midfielder Brandon Nemo. San Francisco also has needs in the bullpen and could be looking to make a splash at the top of the rotation. There are a number of avenues for Zaidi and his front office to explore, starting with the highest free agency.

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