3 Reasons Why the SF Giants will not get Aaron Judge in free agency
Reason #2: They don't want to pay him
Signing Aaron Judge would be a very out of character move for Farhan Zaidi and the SF Giants. Since he has taken over as president of baseball operations, the Giants have tried very hard to avoid the kind of massive multi-year deals that would be required to reel Judge in.
That being said, the Giants may feel that Judge is the player they need to put them over the top going forward against teams as stacked as the Padres and Dodgers.
But in order to get Judge, the Giants may have to get in a bidding war with the Dodgers, as well as many other teams who relish the idea of Judge on their team.
The question is whether the Giants are willing to do anything it takes to outbid other teams and convince Judge that San Francisco is where he can come to win championships.
Recent history would suggest they are not willing to do that or may come up short. More often that not they have not entertained massive free agents and when they have, as in the case of Bryce Harper, they have come up short in their effort.
Plus, the Giants may take a key lesson they have learned from this year: bigger names and bigger deals don't always equate to better results. the Giants have gotten the steal of the offseason so far by nabbing the services of Joc Pederson for only $6 million. So far he is outperforming players who received contracts far exceeding Joc's.
Perhaps they rationalize that a massive deal that keeps Judge a Giants into his late thirties is not worth it when they could just roll the dice on several lower cost guys to see if they can have high-value seasons like Pederson.
Going off of the Zaidi m.o. that certainly seems like the more likely outcome. The Giants front office may prove everyone wrong, but to me they seem committed to short-term deals on guys that will give them more return for their buck.