Longoria And Judge Finish Off 2022 On Positive Notes

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

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Longoria And Judge Finish Off 2022 On Positive Notes

The Arizona Diamondbacks nailed one of the players they had aimed to sign since the start of the offseason and one they will be taking away from the Giants. On the other hand, Aaron Judge finishes off the year with one more trophy to highlight one of the most successful years of his professional career.

Diamondbacks Sign Longoria

Third baseman Evan Longoria signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Various sources have confirmed that Longoria will now leave the Bay Area to join Arizona for at least a year.

The deal will now give the third baseman a guaranteed $4 million for the one-year contract at Arizona. This deal is also linked to a potential $1 million in bonuses if certain targets and goals are met by the players.

Longoria, who is now 37 years old, has played with the San Francisco Giants for the previous five years. The three-time All-Star posted an .812 OPS versus left-handed pitching while slashing.244/.315/.451 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games.

The three-time Gold Glove winner played third base in 68 games. However, his career-worst defensive runs saved rating was -4. For the Diamondbacks, getting Longoria on one year deal means the team will have sufficient manpower to also rotate talent.

Josh Rojas dominated the Diamondbacks’ third base playing time for most of the 2022 MLB season. Rojas finished with a hit of .246/.319/.388, 22 home runs, and 102 RBIs. The D-Backs have not, however, just focused on the addition of Longoria to the roster.

Arizona has also added certain players like Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Gabriel Moreno, Kyle Lewis, Miguel Castro, Scott McGough, and Diego Castillo to the roster to make sure the team has what it takes to undergo the 2023 MLB season.

Judge Nails One More Title

The Associated Press announced that they had selected the New York Yankees´ star outfielder Aaron Judge as the official Male Athlete of the Year for 2022. The AP released its announcement on Friday, December 30, to finish off the year with one last award.

In the competition, Judge received 12 first-place votes, defeating players like Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz, Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, and others.

To Judge, it’s a true honor just to have been nominated. The 30-year-old recently had a memorable season. With 62 home runs, Judge finished one of the best years in his professional career while also setting a new American League record.

Judge came close to taking home additional titles. However, he finished second overall in batting average with a .313/.425/.686, 131 RBIs, and 16 steals. Judge also became part of a very selective list of MLB stars to have nailed a 10-WAR mark since 2002.

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