Exit all stops! Giants enlist Warriors star Steph Curry to help them lure free agent Aaron Judge to San Francisco… as American League MVP considers options
The biggest name in baseball’s free agent market has yet to give a sign of direction. But the team he cheered on as a kid is making a concerted effort to bring him home.
Free agent Aaron Judge is going through his free agency meetings with the San Francisco Giants – who rolled out the red carpet to convince him to return to Northern California.
As part of that attempt, they enlisted the help of the Bay Area’s biggest sports star, Golden State Warriors starter Stephen Curry.
In an effort to bring him back to the bay, the Giants connected Aaron Judge to Steph Curry
According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Judge was in touch with Curry’s folks in hopes the two superstar athletes could talk.
It was just part of a bigger effort to convince Judge to go to San Francisco — and drop the New York Yankees in the process.
In addition to the team’s efforts, current members of the Giants roster attempted to woo the Judge in the Bay Area. Outfielder Joc Pederson fantasized about Judge joining them when he posted a photo of Judge in a Giants jersey to his Instagram account.
Joc Pederson made his position very clear and said the Giants are “ready” when Aaron Judge is
By all indications, Judge isn’t close to making a decision on his next destination. It is speculated that he could take a trip to Los Angeles to meet the Dodgers. Speaking about the most important issue for him in this process, he said he had to be part of a team “that is committed to winning”.
“I can’t wait to start the free agent process,” Judge said last week after winning the AL MVP award.
“I don’t know how fast or how fast it’s going to go. There are teams we’ve spoken with. For me, if we want to build a winning team, if I can get rid of my stuff, that’s always an advantage. Once I get in it, it can move fast or slow. You never really know.
Giants try to win AL MVP away from teams like Dodgers and Yankees
In addition to the two California-based teams, the Yankees have made an offer in an attempt to keep Judge in the stripes for as long as he plays baseball.
They’re expected to shell out a fair amount of cash – with the belief that Judge is looking for a salary of over $300 million. Earlier this year, Judge rejected a seven-year, $213 million offer from the Yankees.
Judge is from the town of Linden, Calif., near the town of Stockton and about 90 miles from Oracle Park on the west side of San Francisco Bay.
If he signs with the Giants, it won’t be the first Northern California team the judge has been on. He was selected in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, but Judge opted to continue his education in college instead.