Yankees World Series Odds Take A Significant Leap After Aaron Judge Signing

Yankees World Series Odds Take A Significant Leap After Aaron Judge Signing
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Frank Weber
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Frank Weber
Updated: 
December 23rd 2022

The wait is finally over–MLB’s single-season home run record holder has signed a new contract, and boy, is it a big one. After rumors swirled and various teams were thrown in the ring, only one team came out of the Aaron Judge sweepstakes as the winner–and it was the New York Yankees. Aaron Judge decided to resign with the Yankees after they offered him a 9-year/$360 million contract, which equates to $40 million a year. 

Whether you agree with the contract or not, you have to understand that it had to be done. As a Yankee fan myself, the Yankees were nothing without Aaron Judge. If they failed to resign Judge, they would’ve had to have gone into a deep rebuild that would’ve probably lasted a few years, and as we all know that’s just not the Yankee way of doing business. What is the Yankee way, though, is spending a crap ton of money to bring in the best talent–and, well, there’s no denying that’s what they did here.

Even the oddsmakers in Vegas understand Judge’s value. Before the Yankees resigned Judge, their odds to win the World Series (according to DraftKings Sportsbook) were +1100. After the Judge signing, they sprung to +900. Talk about an impact.

Their +900 odds make them the third-highest favorite to win the World Series, behind just the Astros (+550) and the Dodgers (+700). The top ten favorites to win the 2023 World Series are:

  • Houston Astros (+550)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (+700)
  • New York Yankees (+900)
  • San Diego Padres (+1000)
  • New York Mets (+1000)
  • Atlanta Braves (+1000)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (+1200)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (+1300)
  • Seattle Mariners (+1600)
  • St Louis Cardinals (+2200)

Questions regarding this Judge deal have been circling since it was announced: What if he gets hurt? How will be play when he’s old? Can he reproduce the magic that was 2022? All valid questions–but only time can tell Aaron Judge’s story. Will it be one full of championships and home run records? Or, will it be mocked alongside the Mets Bobby Bonilla contract? 

I’m hoping for the former, but regardless, I can’t wait to find out.

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