Aaron Judge is set to enter free agency at the end of the season, and he fueled speculation that this could be his last year in pinstripes.
While speaking to ESPN’s Marly Rivera before Tuesday’s All-Star Game, the New York Yankees slugger was asked about a young fan named Jacob who was afraid his favorite player won’t be a member of the team after this year. When presented with that question, the 30-year-old gave an answer that is sure to raise some eyebrows.
“Are you telling me that Aaron Judge may not be a Yankee after this year?”
“Jacob, buddy. We’ve got a lot of great Yankees on this team. There’s a lot of great Yankees that will be here for a long time,” he said. “Don’t be upset. Hopefully you’ll be a Judge fan for life.”
Judge reportedly turned down a $213.5 million contract offer from the Yankees before the start of the 2022 season.
Judge is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season with a .284 batting average, an MLB-leading 33 home runs and 70 RBI.