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The current Yankees offer for Aaron Judge is “close” to $300 million, per report

The current Yankees offer for Aaron Judge is

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The New York Yankees have made no secret of their intention to re-sign franchise player Aaron Judge, and word of their current offer has come in. According to ESPN, the Yankees are offering a contract “close to eight years and $300 million and could raise it.” The belief is that Judge could sign in San Diego by the end of next week’s MLB Winter Meetings.

Judge rejected a seven-year extension worth $213.5 million in spring training, then went out and had a historic season in which he hit an American League record 62 home runs. The two sides have not discussed renewal during the season – Judge set a deadline for opening day talks – although chairman Hal Steinbrenner has made it clear he wants Judge to return.

“I just want him to know how I felt. Just in case there was any ambiguity or ambiguity,” Steinbrenner told NJ.com earlier this month about his recent face-to-face meeting with Judge. “We’ve got plenty of capabilities to — and Aaron and I’ve talked about this — to make this happen and still have money to make other things happen… My budget for Judge will be what I think we can do. It’s “Not indefinitely, of course. But am I going to take steps before we’re able to — in my opinion, we’ll be able to sign Aaron. That won’t stop me from signing other people.”

Judge had a meeting last week with the San Francisco Giants, his hometown-esque team. They are said to be taking their pursuit seriously and right now it feels like eight years and $300 million is what it takes to get your foot in the door. It’s likely that Judge will make a deal north of that, maybe over nine years. That would see him through his 39-year season.

Gerrit Cole holds the Yankees’ franchise records for total contract value ($324 million) and average annual value ($36 million). Those are two benchmarks that Judge’s camp may be looking to surpass. Judge could try to break Max Scherzer’s average annual value record ($43.3 million), though it won’t happen to surpass Mike Trout’s total contract value record ($426.5 million).

Judge, who turns 31 in April, wrote a .311/.425/.686 batting line with those 62 home runs. He won AL MVP honors, led baseball with 10.5 WAR and became the first American League hitter with a 200 OPS+ in a full 162-game season since Hall of Famer George Brett in 1980.

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