Aaron Judge’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2022 season. According to his latest comments, he is open to leaving the Yankees if he has to.
Doesn’t mean should Judge’s comment hinted that he wants to leave the Bronx, as the Yankees midfielder has done nothing but praise the organization that is spearheading key contract negotiations.
However, locking the MLB doesn’t help either party in this sense. Representatives for Judge and the Yankees may be talking contracts right now, if they are allowed to do so. Instead, it looks like the two sides will go into the regular season – whenever possible – without a deal.
“You know, leading up to this, especially coming through the minor leagues and rookie ball, you want to be a free agent, test the market a little bit and see what’s there. But that’s one thing, I’ve been lucky enough to play in the best organization of them all, so who wants to go anywhere else? If we do the extension before the season starts, that would be great. I’m absolutely honored to wear the headband for a few more years. But if it doesn’t happen and this is my last year [as a Yankee]I have so many great memories,” Judge said on the R2C2 podcast.
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The starting point for any Judges deal would be the six-year, $150 million contract George Springer received from the Blue Jays, according to Dayn Perry of CBS Sports.
Judge at his peak was a better player than Springer, although sometimes both fight to stay healthy.
Last season was no problem for Judge, as he played in 148 games, hitting a .287/.373/.544 performance with 39 home runs and 0.916 OPS.
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