There are five free-agent destinations that will cost the Yankees money

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge’s return to the Yankees in 2023 is not a given.

To put it mildly, the 2022 season has been historic for Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have significantly benefited from elite starting pitching as well as relievers, but you might even argue that Aaron Judge is the reason why they are this good.

In either case, Aaron Judge will receive a huge salary this winter, and the Yankees are not a lock to be the team to give him that salary.

By agreeing on Judge’s $19 million salary for 2022, the two sides took a step toward a possible financial settlement, improved their relationship, and avoided the scary arbitration process.

Here are five teams that could increase their seven-year, $213.5 million offer to the presumed AL MVP favorite if New York does not do so before the current season. Read More