Aaron Judge caught on video in San Francisco, expected to meet with Giants

MLB’s most sought-after free agent, Aaron Judge, has landed in San Francisco.

A video captured Judge upon his arrival, where he made an interesting comment about what he’s doing in town.

“Visiting some family and friends, that’s it. That’s it,” he said, winking at the camera.

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Bronx, NY: New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo and New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge in the dugout in the third inning of game 4 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, on October 23, 2022.

Bronx, NY: New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo and New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge in the dugout in the third inning of game 4 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, on October 23, 2022.
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Judge is from Linden Calif., which is about 90 minutes from San Francisco, where the Giants play, a team connected with the 2022 AL MVP in free agency. Judge also grew up a Giants fan during his days of terrorizing baseball teams while playing for Linden High School and Fresno State, eventually being selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

So what exactly have Judge’s “friends and family” planned?

“We have something,” he said smiling.

AFTER THE YANKEES’ ANTHONY RIZZO OPTES TO STAY IN THE BRONX, HE PUSHES FOR AARON JUDGE TO RETURN

Looking to overtake the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, the Giants are looking to make a splash, and there’s nothing better than a local product like Judge. And while there are plenty of other suitors, including the Yankees, San Fran has money to burn.

According to Spotrac, the Giants have the 14th highest payroll in MLB at $95.95 million right now.

On the other hand, teams like the Yankees and New York Mets are at the top of the pack and are still willing to open their checkbooks for Judge’s services.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to the dugout during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in New York.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge runs to the dugout during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in New York.
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Anthony Rizzo, who recently re-signed with the Yankees to a two-year contract, pushed for his clubhouse partner Judge to return to the Bronx.

“I hope Judge stays alone for the sake of the game,” Rizzo said Wednesday, “because you see a lot of franchise icons who don’t get what they deserve for the team they’ve done so much for.”

Rizzo has even said that Judge deserves to be the next Yankees captain if he re-signs.

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But bidding will be high after his MVP campaign, and whoever outbids the rest of the field may come down. Will the Giants step up? Will the Yankees, Mets or even Dodgers flex their financial muscles?

Judge and his team will find out how far each team is willing to expand their roster in the coming weeks.

The 6-foot-7 slugger was named AL MVP last Thursday, receiving all but two first-place votes after a season in which he set the AL record for most home runs in a single season with 62.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees in the first inning of game two of a double header at Globe Life Field on October 4, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees in the first inning of game two of a double header at Globe Life Field on October 4, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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In addition to home runs, he also led the majors in RBIs (131), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), runs (133), OPS+ (211) and total bases (391).

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His 111 walks were the best in the AL, and his .311 batting average ranked second in the AL, putting him in the Triple Crown conversation until the final days of the season.

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