Aaron Judge, Yankees both benefit from long-term contract

We must face the unthinkable. Because the unthinkable is not impossible. Not quite, anyway.

No one thought Freddie Freeman and the Braves would divorce, but they did. Free agency is not always predictable. Of course, it only makes sense that the player who matched The Babe stays in the house that Ruth built (technically, that was the one that got torn down, but you get the idea). Aaron Judge benefits by being a Yankee. And yes, the Yankees profit more; they have the highest earnings in the game and there is no good reason not to keep Judge in pinstripes.

The Yankees also know that their numbers should rise quickly after his record season, from $213.5 million to $300 million or so. They love him (what’s not to love?) and want him, but also believe they are the best option. On The Post’s podcast “The Show,” Yankees president Randy Levine said they would make an “extremely competitive” offer.

But will it be enough? Is it possible that he was so offended by the original offer, or so annoyed by the Yankees making it public that he will seriously consider leaving? In addition to winning forever, a big advantage of the Yankees is that it benefits him to stay. With the history he wrote this year, that point was made without saying a word.

Anyway, here’s the last, best guess where Judge can land (with odds).

New York Yankees rightfielder Aaron Judge #99 celebrates with his teammates
Where will Aaron Judge play football next season? It is the very expensive question.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post


The Yankees ‘should’ keep Judge, says a rival. He practically played a one-man band in the second half, taking his season into the realm of the all-time great. Even with some rivals, the hope is that he will stay “for the good of the game”. The best, they say, should stay on the biggest stage. Perhaps MLB should set a franchise tag in the future to prevent moves that harm the game. Chance of staying: 1-5 (83 percent chance).


The Yankees see his home team as the threat, and they’ve tried for Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. Difficult park for a clean power hitter. Chance of Going: 20-1 (5 percent).


The Dodgers have Trea Turner to try and re-sign, and Judge grew up as a Giants fan, but the Dodgers appreciate greatness and love short-term deals with a lot of money. They tried $160 million for Harper in four years. How about $225 million for five? Chance of Going: 30-1 (3 percent).


Pitching is their real winter concern. Plus, it’s an era of good feeling between Steve Cohen and Hal Steinbrenner and it’s hard to see Cohen risking that, even for Judge, when he has Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Brandon Nimmo, Taijuan Walker, and Chris Bassitt to sign. . Chance of going: 35-1 (<3 percent).

Red Stockings

They came up short for Mookie Betts and undercut for Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. While Red Sox go to the Yankees (see Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon), few go the other way. Chance of Going: 50-1 (2 percent)


They try to pitch (see the Grom), but if they fail, can they try to knock people down? Major publishers. Chance of Going: 75-1 (<2 percent).


They promise to spend money, but that goes against their nature. Wild guess. Chance of going: 150-1 (<1 percent)


Hard to imagine others, but who saw Carlos Correa go to the Twins? Chance of going: 100-1 (1 percent).

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