Aaron Judge reveals he was ‘upset’ at the New York Yankees ‘turning the fans on him’ by making public the $213m deal he rejected… as he says having control over his next team is ‘special’ amid ‘$300m Bronx offer’
Aaron Judge has revealed he wasn’t happy with the New York Yankees for disclosing the details of the offer he turned down.
The star slugger, who linked up with Tom Brady this week, is currently weighing up his next move after leaving the Bronx following a record-breaking season in which he hit 62 homers.
The Yankees and the San Francisco Giants are considered to be the frontrunners for his signature but his future remains up in the air.
Aaron Judge has been named TIME Athlete of the Year and spoke about Yankees in interview
The American League MVP is a free agent after turning down a seven-year, $213m Bronx deal
The American League MVP was named TIME Athlete of the Year Tuesday and he opened up on the situation with the Yankees when he rejected a seven-year, $213m deal.
‘We kind of said, “Hey, let’s keep this between us,”‘ Judge told TIME magazine.
‘I was a little upset that the numbers came out. I understand it’s a negotiation tactic. Put pressure on me. Turn the fans against me, turn the media on me. That part of it I didn’t like.’
Judge sent social media into frenzy when he walked out with wife Samantha at the Bucs game
Reports have emerged that the Yankees have put a $300m offer on the table to try to re-sign Judge, although GM Brian Cashman admitted the team face ‘danger’ of losing him.
Judge sent social media into a frenzy Monday night as he attended the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL game vs. the New Orleans Saints, causing speculation to swirl.
‘When I was young and getting into the game, all guys ever talked about was, “Hey, wait until you become a free agent,” Judge continued to the magazine.
‘You’re getting a chance to make your own decision, start a legacy somewhere, start something new somewhere. I’m looking forward to the whole process, man. It’s going to be special.’
The Giants have been admirers and even Judge has been fond of the team since 2010.
‘I said, in 10 years, I’ll be married to Sam and playing for the San Francisco Giants.’ Judge said. ‘I was like, that’d better not get out.’