Aaron Judge reportedly signs $360m, nine-year contract with New York Yankees

According to a source, Aaron Judge will sign a $360m, nine-year contract with the Yankees.

The source told the Associated Press that ESPN and MLB Network reported Judge's new contract.

Judge will make $40m per season, the most for a position player. Only Mike Trout's $426.5m Angels contract and Mookie Betts' $365m Dodgers contract are larger in baseball history. The latter two players have 12-year contracts and make less than Judge per year.

Before last season, New York offered Judge a $213.5m, seven-year contract from 2023-29. He declined it in the hours before April's opening.

The 6'7" Judge won a self-bet. He led the Yankees to the AL East victory in 2022 with 62 homers, an AL record. He tied for the big league lead with 131 RBIs and missed a Triple Crown with a.311 batting average. New York lost the ALCS to Houston, but Judge became the Yankees' first AL MVP since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

By rejecting the Yankees' preseason offer, the 30-year-old earned $146.5m and two guaranteed seasons. The northern California native visited the San Francisco Giants last month, and additional organizations were likely watching the slugger.

Judge's ruling will impact multiple teams and free agents. His position slowed up some of New York's offseason plans, but general manager Brian Cashman said his team would wait to see what Judge wanted.

Judge was drafted by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his MLB debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat. A year later, he was a baseball superstar. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2017 after hitting.284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven major league seasons.

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