The Padres were reportedly preparing an absolutely insane offer for Aaron Judge’s contract that MLB would never let go of.
You gotta hand it to the San Diego Padres, they’re willing to swing by when it comes to contract offers.
They were one of the teams trying to sway Aaron Judge away from New York. Like the Giants, they failed to make a deal, seeing the AL MVP go back to the Yankees instead.
According to John Heyman of the New York PostSan Diego was ready to make an offer so big to the judge that the league would have turned it down.
The Padres wanted to give Aaron Judge $400 million over the course of 14 years
“There is word that they were considering a deal worth more than $400 million over 14 years that would have raised Judge to 44,” he said. Heyman reported. However, sources say it wasn’t allowed, because MLB would have viewed the extra years as simply an attempt to lower their official payroll to reduce the tax.
In the end, Judge accepted a nine-year, $360 million contract extension from the Yankees, which reportedly matched the best offer the Giants had ever made.
The Padres offer clearly didn’t sway him even though he was promised more dollars and more years. The judge told the Padres he “didn’t want to give up his legacy on dollars,” according to Heyman.
San Diego went in knowing they were a long shot but they tried anyway.
The end result stinks on guys like Judge and Trea Turner. However, the pitch clearly worked for Xander Bogaerts, who agreed to an 11-year, $280 million deal to bring him to Southern California from Boston.
Obviously the ultimate goal was to land the biggest fish of them all on Judge, but fielding a team of the likes of Bogaerts, Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. Means they have some consolation.
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