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Aaron Judge Names Most Important Thing For Him In Free Agency

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Aaron Judge NamAaron Judge is the biggest name on the market in MLB free agency this year.es Most Important Thing For Him In Free Agency

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The slugging outfielder, who was named 2022 American League MVP on Thursday night, is set to cash in with a major payday in the coming weeks. 

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As enticing as that reality is, Judge told reporters tonight that money isn't what he's most concerned about in free agency.

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"My ultimate, most important thing is I want to be on a team with a winning culture and a commitment to winning," Judge said, via MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "First and foremost, it’s a winning culture and a winning future.”

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Judge said he had come "pretty close" to winning a championship with the New York Yankees, who lost in the ALCS three times in the last six seasons with Judge on the roster. 

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Judge declined the Yankees' seven-year, $213.5 million extension before the 2022 season, then went out and hit an AL-record 62 home runs and won MVP. 

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Whether it's the Yankees or another franchise, he will likely sign for a significant amount more than that soon. It sounds like he's looking for the place he can make the most money while still having the most realistic shot at winning a ring.