MLB Prop Picks: Where Will Aaron Judge Play In 2023?

Before the 2022 MLB season began, it became clear that Aaron Judge was betting on himself. The New York Yankees reportedly offered their star player a seven-year extension worth $213.5 million. He turned the deal down. That contract would have kicked in at the start of the 2023 season. That salary would have put Judge ahead of the Los Angeles; Dodgers Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout. It turns out that Judge made the correct bet.

Judge is the current favorite to win the American League MVP Award in 2022. He leads the league with 30 home runs. Judge leads the Yankees in batting average (.283), RBI’s (65), hits (90), total bases (194), slugging percentage (.610), OPS (.971) and WAR (3.8). He is second on the club in OBP at .361, which puts him just slightly behind DJ LeMahieu’s team leading .367.

Judge and the Yankees avoided arbitration in 2022 with a one-year $19 million deal. The 30-year-old right fielder becomes a free agent at the end of the 2022 MLB season. If Judge does not sign a deal with the Yankees before then, he will have his fair share of potential suitors. The Yankees picked Judge with the 32nd pick in the 2013 MLB draft

Before we look at the teams who will be in the mix to sign Aaron Judge for the 2023 MLB season and beyond, check out our tips on betting on the MLB MVP as well as the best sites for betting on MLB in 2022. 

MLB Player Prop Picks: Potential destinations for Aaron Judge

Where Will Aaron Judge Play in 2023Bovada
New York Yankees-500
San Francisco Giants+425
Los Angeles Dodgers+1000
Chicago Cubs+1200
Boston Red Sox+1400
New York Mets+1400
Minnesota Twins+2200
Texas Rangers+2800

New York Yankees

Aaron Judge is the face of the NY Yankees franchise. With the offer the team threw his way before the 2022 MLB season began, it’s clear that ownership and management know what he means to the team. Did they try to perhaps underpay him? Sure, but they also did not insult him by throwing out a low offer. Further, the Yankees knew, even if Judge turned that offer down, he was still bound to them for the rest of the season.

The Yankees have a home-grown player they want to hold on to. Right now they are the frontrunners in the Aaron Judge sweepstakes.

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San Francisco Giants

Aaron Judge is from the Bay area and the San Francisco Giants will have a lot of room to throw an offer his way. The Giants only have $89 million in salary committed to the 2023 team. The only player they have under contract for 2024 is Anthony DeSclafani.

The Giants are hovering around .500 this season after finishing the 2021 season with the best record in baseball at 107-55.

The one thing that could keep the Giants, who have been somewhat conservative in free agency from offering Judge big bucks, is his injury history.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Like the Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the room to offer a big-dollar contract to Judge. The team has just four players locked in for next season in Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Chris Taylor, and Blake Treinen. And with the deals they signed Freeman and Betts to, it is clear that Dodgers are not afraid to spend money in the hopes of winning a World Series.

The Dodgers are the No. 1 team in the National League right now. I expect the club will be in the mix for Judge.

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Our pick

I expect this will come down to the Yankees and the Dodgers and I think the only thing preventing the Yankees from making the deal work in their favor is if the team somehow manages to alienate Judge between now and the free agency period.

Pick: Aaron Judge will be with the New York Yankees in 2023.

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