Aaron Judge's $300m bet that's about to pay off

Aaron Judge is on his way to cashing out a big bet he put on himself before this season.

After blasting a walk-off home run against the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees superstar put his worth on show.

The 30-year-old knocked back a seven-year, $213.5 million ($AUD306m) contract extension because he wanted a nine-year deal for around $324 million ($A464m).

Unlike other highly paid stars, Judge has a concerning injury history, missing a total of 140 days between 2018 and 2020 with a broken wrist, oblique strain and calf strains.

Rob Dibbleformer MLB pitcher

Judge is the leading contender for American League MVP, has outhomered 10 different teams and has driven in 23 of the Yankees’ 45 runs in their past eight games.

There is no guarantee Judge will get the figure he is after at a rival team, but he was willing to take the risk and with his talents it might just pay off.

Words: Andrew JacksonProducer: Stefan Centofanti