Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees Getty Images | Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox

The verdict is in, the 2022 American League Most Valuable Player who belted 62 homers will remain a New York Yankee.

Aaron Judge agreed on Wednesday, to a nine-year, $360 million contract to remain a Bronx bomber, sources confirmed to The Associated Press.

Judge, 30, will approximately earn $40 million per year, making it the biggest free agent deal ever for the four-time All-Star, according to the Associated Press.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year, had arguably one of the greatest seasons in big league history, hitting 62 home runs and breaking Roger Maris's record of 61 homers set in 1961. The three-time Silver Slugger Award winner had a .311 batting average with an AL-leading 131 RBIs in 2022.

Judge hit the free agent market this offseason, after he rejected the Yankess final extension offer of seven years, $213.5 million, before Opening Day.

"We'd love to have our player back," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said Monday. "We would love to continue to call him our player every step of the way as he follows what looks like -- as long as nothing happens -- a career path that will lead him to Cooperstown. I would like him to be in pinstripes every step of the way," according to ESPN.

It ultimately came down to two teams for the Linden, California native, re-signing with New York or retuning back to Northern California where he grew up idolizing the San Fransico Giants.

The 6-foot-7 outfielder chose to remain a Bronx bomber, whose contract trails only Mike Trout's $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts' $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history, according to AP.

Judge has has hit 220 homers and 497 RBIs over the course of seven years in the MLB.

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