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Never Too Early For Juicy Aaron Judge Rumors

The Mets may want to torture the Yankees by signing Judge, or at least trying to.

Since modern era free agency was instituted in 1974, we have seen player signings that have paralyzed the world of baseball. All of Nolan Ryan's signings with the Astros, Barry Bonds with the Giants, Randy Johnson with the D-backs, and the most recent signing of Carlos Correa with the Twins were all unexpected and made history in their respective clubs.

Yesterday, during the broadcast of the Mets-Pirates game, renowned journalist Ken Rosenthal claimed that Mets billionaire owner Steve Cohen may make a move to acquire Aaron Judge, a strong candidate to win the American League MVP in 2022.

"With Judge, Steve Cohen is a classic Mets fan," Rosenthal stated on the FOX Sports broadcast. "I grew up here and what Mets fans love most is to torture the Yankees. So, even if he can't get Judge, I have a hard time imagining he won't make a bid or at least show interest to drive up the price for the Yankees."

It is known that before the start of the current season, Judge turned down a juicy $213.5 million contract extension from the Yankees. With the outfielder having a monster season with 57 home runs, 123 RBIs,.414 slugging, and 1.102 OPS, it is very likely that Judge will ask for a new contract that exceeds the $350 million mark, as he has the upper hand in the negotiation.

Let's be honest, it's very unlikely that the Mets are going to get Aaron Judge, although a lot depends on how the playoffs end for the Yankees. It would be a dream to see the slugger in a lineup alongside Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Jeff McNeil, but dreaming is free and Judge is not. In fact, he may become one of the most expensive players of all time.