Coming off a record-breaking 2022 season, MLB All-Star Aaron Judge enters free agency as the top slugger on the market with DraftKings providing Next Team Odds already.
Following his spectacular 2022 season, Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge enters free agency as the top slugger on the market. While most assume he’ll resign with New York, sportsbooks like DraftKings opened an Aaron Judge Next Team Odds board.
Judge mashed an American League record 62 home runs last season, breaking Yankees great Roger Maris’ 61-year-old mark. The 30-year-old four-time All-Star led MLB with 62 homers, 133 runs scored, 131 RBI, and 111 walks. He slashed .311/.425/.686 and remains the odds-on favorite to win AL MVP.
Here’s a look at the Aaron Judge Next Team Odds board.
DraftKings Provides Judge Next Team Odds for 2023 MLB Season
Judge’s next team odds remain tilted in favor of the Yankees, though two other teams, the San Francisco Giants and LA Dodgers, both see better than 5/1 odds. Prior to the 2022 season, Judge bet on himself, opting not to sign the $213.5 million, seven-year extension offered by the Yankees. Now, Judge hits the open market with the opportunity to sign with any team.
|DraftKings Judge Next Team Odds|
|New York Yankees||-165|
|San Francisco Giants||+300|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+450|
|New York Mets||+1000|
|Boston Red Sox||+1600|
|St Louis Cardinals||+2800|
The Yankees remain the odds-on favorites to be Judge’s next team, sporting -165 odds are DraftKings. New York holds the resources to keep Judge in the Bronx and build a perennial contender around him.
The Giants check in second among the Judge next team odds because they have deep pockets and were his favorite team growing up. Judge was born in Sacramento and grew up in Lindon, California, playing collegiately at Fresno State. San Francisco seems ready to spend whatever it takes to land a superstar of Judge’s caliber.
But Might Judge Walk in Free Agency?
FoxSports offered hypothetical Judge Next Team odds, and favored the Giants to sign the slugger at +200 if he doesn’t stay in New York. A move like that would mark something of a homecoming for Judge, thus the appeal.
Behind San Francisco came the Dodgers (+350) and Houston Astros (+500), who dispatched Judge and the Yankees in this year’s ALCS. The Texas Rangers (+650), Boston Red Sox (+800), and Philadelphia Phillies (+1000) rounded out Fox’s list.
“The anticipation is that Judge will remain a Yankee, but you can’t blame him for testing the free agent market, and odds are he’ll see the richest contract in MLB history by the time the courting is over,” said Matthew Griffe, Fox Bet trading operations associate.
By declining the extension prior to the 2022 season, then proceeding to post the numbers he did, Judge likely made himself and additional $100+ million. He’ll probably seek a deal closer to what Mike Trout got in 2019 when he inked a 12-year, $426.5 million deal with the Angels. Other deals that might frame Judge’s approach include the ones Francisco Lindor (10-years, $341 million), Corey Seager (10-years, $325 million) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (14-years, $340 million) signed in recent seasons.