The Yankees await the fate of Aaron Judge as the slugger considers an offer from the Giants


SAN DIEGO – The Giants are giving Aaron Judge plenty of reasons to go to San Francisco.

According to The Post’s Jon Heyman, the Giants offered Judge $360 million to return to the Bay Area.

The Yankees were optimistic about their chances of keeping the umpire, but were in the dark for much of Tuesday at the winter meetings about the umpire’s plans.

It’s not clear what the Yankees’ final offer was to Judge, but general manager Brian Cashman said Monday the team has made several offers to its star outfielder — though the Yankees have an eight-year, $300 million offer. they may as well have been gone for nine years.

Manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday afternoon that the Yankees had “not heard anything” about the umpire’s plans.

“I know these specific negotiations are ongoing,” Boone said.

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Asked what the Yankees would do if Judge signed elsewhere, Boone said: “I don’t even want to go there yet. But at the end of the day, we’re the New York Yankees and we always have to do our best and be the best we can be.

Whether it’s with the referee is up in the air.

“There’s always different things that come up, you lose things, you get some things,” Boone said. “That’s why the mission to improve and strive to be the best team we can be never stops. I hope that includes Aaron.

On Tuesday, Time magazine published a story about the umpire’s “athlete of the year” in which the umpire expressed his dismay at the Yankees’ rejection of the outfielder’s seven-year, $213.5 million extension. break season.

“We said, ‘Hey, let’s leave it between us,'” the judge told the magazine. turn it over. I didn’t like that part of it.”

That umpire’s comments came after the Yankees made the offer known, and Boone was confident that any displeasure from the umpire would not be a factor in the negotiations.

But on Monday, general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the Yankees’ biggest star.

“It only takes one [team] to take it away from us,” Cashman said of Judge’s free agency. “It’s a risk. We’ve done it so many times and it’s been done to us. We’ll see.”

And Cashman said he doesn’t have a clear backup plan.

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Brian Cashman
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“If the judge signs off somewhere else, are we going to turn around and do something else?” Cashman said Monday. “Are we going to completely change ourselves? I don’t know at all. It’s not what we want to do. … We’ll see how it all goes. How this winter goes will take us in different ways that we didn’t expect. can drop.”

Meanwhile, the Yankees’ offseason plans have remained somewhat unclear — although they did agree to a two-year, $11.5 million deal to bring back right-hander Tommy Kahn.

A potential outfield target came off the board Tuesday when Cody Bellinger agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million deal to go to the Cubs after being designated by the Dodgers after the season.

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