Aaron Judge and the Yankees… Big contract coming up?
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is eligible for arbitration this winter and is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2022 season, but you can be sure that the Yankees won’t let go his franchise player anytime soon.
General manager Brian Cashman will be very busy once the MLB lockout ends as he searches for a shortstop, first baseman, center fielder and starting pitcher. NYY fans are expecting big sign ups that put them again in the race for a title. Considering how the Mets have improved in this off season, they have a lot of work to do. There have been rumors about Carlos Correa, Matt Olson, all of this would be huge and expensive contacts.
But Cashman also needs to buy time to negotiate a long-term contract extension with Judge which has been the face of the time since his rise to the big team.
What contract would the Yankees be willing to offer to Aaron Judge?
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has pitched some interesting ideas:
“How about taking the five-year, $ 189 million package that my colleague Joel Sherman proposed in October, adding another year and $ 38 million (six years and 227 million, adding acquisition options for 2028 through 2030 (his 36-year seasons). 38 years) based on appearances on the collective plate and, to seal the deal, include an opt-out after 2024?”
Looks like an interesting offer.
“I want to be a Yankees for life”
In November, Judge said he wants to be a Yankee for life. That kind of commitment is not unnoticed by the Yankees that have Judge as one of the biggest priorities for the off season.
“That would be a wish of mine, a goal of mine to end my career as a Yankee,” Judge said in a live question and answer session with Fanatics. “But you never know what the letters contain. If it were up to me, I’d be a Yankee for the next 10 years, for sure. “
The 29-year-old judge led the Yankees in batting average (.287), home runs (39) and RBIs (98) last season, and finished fourth in voting for the 2021 AL Most Valuable Player award.