It is no secret at this point that Aaron Judge is in San Francisco to meet with SF Giants ownership and front office personnel. The Giants will be tasked with trying to sway Judge away from the only organization he has known. One Giants outfielder has joined the recruiting pitch to reel Judge back home.
SF Giants All-Star outfielder has joined the recruiting pitch for Aaron Judge
Fresh off of accepting a one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer, Joc Pederson is now working to bring free agents to San Francisco. The left-handed-hitting outfielder is using his Instagram account to let Judge know that he is welcome in San Francisco:
It is a minor detail but every little bit helps! Let's just sit back and appreciate for a moment how good Judge looks in a Giants uniform. It is like he was born to wear it.
Getting him to wear it will be a different story. The longtime Yankees outfielder rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million extension last offseason. He bet on himself and that is a bet that is going to pay massive dividends.
The right-handed bat had a historic season in 2022, slashing .311/.425/.686 (211 OPS+) with 62 home runs, 131 RBI, and 133 runs in 696 plate appearances. He set a new American League record in home runs (62) and led baseball with RBI (131), runs (133), walks (111), and OPS (1.111).
Not surprisingly, Judge took home the AL MVP award while leading the Yankees to a first place finish in the AL East with a 99-63 record. They got swept in the Championship Series by the Houston Astros, who went on to win the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Giants could use some more home run power as they blasted 183 home runs in 2022, which was the sixth-best mark in the NL. Pederson led the way with 23 home runs while being the Giants' most consistent performer on offense.
If you take a step back, 183 home runs is quite a lot for a team that did not have a true home run threat outside of Pederson. Of course, adding Judge would go a long way in helping that.
Pederson emerged as a fan favorite last year and quickly became one of the more vocal players on the team. Hopefully, more of his teammates jump in on the pitch and it is great to see him take the initiative.