Steinbrenner Has Spoken To Judge "More Than Once" Since Season Ended

The New York Yankees are not going to let Aaron Judge go without a fight. While the San Francisco Giants appear poised to make a big run at the new single-season home run king in the American League, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has "made it clear" to Judge that they want him back in pinstripes.

Steinbrenner says he's had "more than one... very positive” conversation with Judge since the season ended. 

Is he confident that Judge will return? “I have made it clear to him that is our wish. He means a lot to this organization and I made it clear to him we’re gonna do everything we can to make that happen.” 

The Yankees made a 7-year, $213M offer to Judge before the season started, which the slugger turned down. Judge admitted recently that had some second-thoughts about that, but those quickly dissipated as he started on his road to history and his 62 home runs this year. 

Now, seven months later, the Yankees will have to add more—probably much more—than $100M to their offer if they are to have a chance to retain Judge. 

The Giants have stated emphatically that they will not be outbid for the Northern California native. 

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