Judge agrees to re-sign with New York Yankees - report

Oct 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge (99) rounds second base in the second inning against the Houston Astros during game four of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports/

NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The New York Yankees have re-signed slugger Aaron Judge, The Athletic reported on Wednesday, ending an extended period of rampant speculation over where one of Major League Baseball's most sought-after free agents would land.

The report, which cited an unnamed MLB source, said Judge has agreed a nine-year, $360 million deal to remain with the only club he has ever picked up a bat for after he rejected the Yankees' offer of an extension worth $230.5 million in April.

The 30-year-old American League Most Valuable Player vaulted into the pantheon of baseball greats when he broke Roger Maris's AL single-season home run record this year, smashing 62 homers in the regular season.

The six-foot seven-inch Judge was named an MLB All-Star for the fourth time in 2022 and was considered the hottest commodity in free agency, with the San Francisco Giants earlier offering him a deal worth $360 million, according to the New York Post.

He finished the 2022 regular season with an AL-best 131 RBIs and came up just short in the hunt for an elusive triple crown with a .311 batting average. He was also error-free on the defensive side.

The World Series title remained elusive, however, as the eventual champion Houston Astros swept the Yankees in the penultimate round of the MLB post-season.

Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York and Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris

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