The SF Giants have been linked to Aaron Judge as possible suitors if Judge tests the free-agent market this upcoming offseason. While it is fun to daydream about, this article will argue that there are three key reasons why the SF Giants will not be able to sign Judge this offseason.
3 Reasons Why the SF Giants will not get Aaron Judge in free agency
On its face, the rumor makes some degree of sense. Judge was a Giants fan as a kid while growing up in Northern California, so there is the potential that geography becomes a factor.
From the Giants' perspective, it is clear why they would want Judge. He is one of the preeminent sluggers in the game of baseball. Adding him to their lineup would instantly bring them closer to the Dodgers or Padres in terms of pure talent on the roster.
Judge would also add star power to a roster that currently does not have much of it. With the likes of Barry Bonds, Buster Posey, and Tim Lincecum gone, adding Judge would provide a new face for the storied franchise.
Many of you may be yelling at your screens: just do it! Pay the man and bring him back to Northern California! He is the outfield slugger we have been searching for for so long!
If only it were that simple.
While it is easy to fall in love with the idea of Judge in a Giants uniform, the reality is that it is still not likely to happen.
Giants fans are far too familiar with losing out in the Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper sweepstakes to assume that signing Aaron Judge will be a walk in the park (especially when that park is as pitcher-friendly as Oracle Park is).
The following slides will examine three reasons why the SF Giants will not be able to sign Aaron Judge in this upcoming offseason.