Former Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is living on a rollercoaster since he left Los Angeles after the 2020 season. In 2021, he signed with the Cubs, only to have them tank and trade him at midseason to Atlanta, where he won his second straight World Series title. After the Braves declined his option for 2022, he signed with his hometown team, the Giants, and helped them win 26 fewer games than they did the year before. Last week, he accepted San Francisco’s qualifying offer and will spend at least one more year with the team he grew up rooting for.
Now, Joc is hoping another slugging outfielder who grew up rooting for the Giants will come home to play with him. Pederson took to Instagram to help recruit Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who hit free agency for the first time after setting the American League record with 62 homers in 2022.
Joc’s post acknowledges that he’s won two World Series titles, although it fails to mention that neither came with the team he’s trying to recruit Judge to. Still, while the Dodgers are theoretically interested in the slugger, the Giants have to be considered the frontrunners if Judge decides to leave New York, between the geographical ties, their need for an outfielder, and their extreme financial flexibility.
It won’t be Joc’s recruitment that gets it done, though. Judge is likely getting his only shot at free agency this offseason, and he’s going to sign with whichever team offers him the most money. He’ll turn 31 in April — just five days after Pederson turns 31, coincidentally — so this is his big chance to cash in.
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