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Dodgers Rumors: LA Labeled as a Top-5 Landing Spot for Aaron Judge This Offseason

The biggest name on the free-agent market this offseason is going to be Aaron Judge, coming off a season in which he set the American League record with 62 home runs and is likely to win the AL Most Valuable Player Award.

Judge and his Yankees had their season ended on Sunday when the Astros completed their ALCS sweep of New York, and while Judge batted just .139 with a .490 OPS and 15 strikeouts in 38 plate appearances this postseason, that’s unlikely to dampen the enthusiasm much for his free agency.

Over at, Mark Feinsand writes about the five most likely landing spots for Judge, and the top three are obvious: go back to the Yankees, go home to the Giants, or let Mets owner Steve Cohen make a huge splash by bringing him across town. Fifth on Feinsand’s list is Boston, if for no other reason than that it would be great for the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry to have such a huge star switch sides.

Fourth on Feinsand’s list is the Dodgers, and his reasoning is pretty straightforward.

Like the Mets, the Dodgers have other areas of concern heading into the offseason; Trea Turner and Clayton Kershaw are among the top free agents on the roster, making shortstop and the starting rotation two of their main priorities.

That said, it’s silly to count out the Dodgers when it comes to any big-name free agent. Los Angeles could have more than $120 million coming off the books this winter, so depending on how they reallocate it, bringing in Judge to play next to Mookie Betts isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

“Not out of the realm of possibility” is about as accurate as you can be here. Never count out the Dodgers on any big free agent, but between the positional need (or lack thereof) and the likely length of the contract for the nearly 31-year-old who has played just three full, healthy seasons, Judge doesn’t seem like the kind of free agent Andrew Friedman and Brandon Gomes are likely to pursue with too much vigor. They’ll be involved, for sure, even if only to drive up the price for the Giants. But it seems like there would have to be some major shifts in the market for Judge to end up in Dodger blue.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. I hope not. The contract he wants will be ridiculous and that money is better spent to retain Turner the younger.

  2. I love Aaron Judge, one of my favorite players. Great player in the regular season. But his last three post-season performances have been less than mediocre. He batted .133 in 2020, .250 in 2021, .139 in 2022. I’m not sure he’s the clutch player that can solve the Dodger’s hitting woes in the post-season.

    The Dodgers need that one great clutch player that can carry the team in the regular season and come through in the playoffs. Players like Kirk Gibson, George Brett, and Big Papi. If the management can identify that one player and get him on team, then there’s hope for next year.

  3. Don’t get me wrong. Aaron is a great player.
    But we need a good shortstop. They are harder to find. He will want to much $$. Outfielders are easier to come by. We need to let JT and Muncy go. We need a revamp. Belli also has to go. They need to find players with better BA and that hit better with RISP. that will be FA.
    This is just my opinion.

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