MLB Rumors: Odds On Top 5 Aaron Judge Destinations

Aaron Judge is having an historic season. And his timing couldn't be better, as he becomes a free agent at season's end. The New York Yankees had a chance to sign him to an extension before Opening Day, but couldn't get it done. Now they'll have to compete against the big wallets of a number of teams around the league.

MLB Insider Jon Heyman handicaps the offseason chase in the New York Post, and gives odds on where Judge will land in free agency.

1.  New York Yankees  1-5 odds (83% chance he stays)

This isn't too surprising, as it's simply hard to imagine Judge in anything but Pinstripes. Not to mention the fact that GM Brian Cashman and the Yankees front office would be chastised beyond repair if they let their franchise player go. 

2. San Francisco Giants  20-1 (5% chance)

Judge is a native of Linden, CA, just outside of San Francisco, and his hometown team looms as the biggest threat to steal him, according to Heyman. The Giants have pursued big-name superstar free agents recently (e.g. Bryce Harper), so don't put it past them to try.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers  30-1 (3% chance)

Because... well... they're the Dodgers. The one thing that could hold them back is that they'll be spending mighty big dough already this offseason in trying to re-sign their own top free agent, shortstop Trea Turner. 

4. New York Mets 35-1 (less than 3%)

Heyman notes that the good relationship of late between Steve Cohen and Hal Steinbrenner could work against this. Plus the fact that the Mets have several important free agents of their own to re-sign: Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Brandon Nimmo, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt.

5. Boston Red Sox   50-1  (2%)

Heyman points out that while some big-name Red Sox have jumped ship to move to the Bronx Bombers (Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens), it's rarely been done the other way around. Plus, the Red Sox have already low-balled their own stars, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, hard to see them going all-out on Judge.

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