3 reasons why Aaron Judge would want to join the SF Giants
3. Change of scenery
The rule of a slideshow is that if you are going to do it, then you better do at least three slides. With that in mind, a change of scenery completes the Rule of 3.
The truth is, there probably are not a lot of reasons that Judge would want to leave the only organization he has ever known. There has to be a total breakdown in negotiations for that to happen but it happens every offseason.
Did anyone think that Freddie Freeman was going to be wearing a different uniform when last offseason began? No, but it happens sometimes.
Perhaps, Judge feels like he has accomplished all that he can in a Yankees uniform. After nearly a full decade with the same organization, maybe he feels that the grass is greener on the other side or that he wants a new challenge.
Maybe he sees players like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, or Don Mattingly and realizes that he does not want to be forever tied to one organization. Maybe he wants to be a part of the organization he cheered for as a kid.
Longtime Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford grew up a Giants fan\ and it is one of the many qualities that has made him truly a special player in Giants history. Could Judge want a change of scenery after turning down such a massive extension last winter?
That is one way to read his decision. Of course, the other way is that he felt like he was worth more than what the Yankees offered, so he went out and proved it. At the end of the day, Judge will make the decision as to whether he wants to remain in New York for the rest of his career.
However, he will be in a unique situation this offseason as other organizations will court him to try and pry him away from New York. Could that be enough to make the move? That what-if scenario of joining another team could just be too much for him to turn down.