Silence about discussions with Aaron Judge could be a good sign

With the New York Yankees remaining silent on Aaron Judge, it could bode well for extension talks with the batter.

SNy reporter Andy Martino thinks silence is a good thing when it comes to Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees working out a contract extension.

Although much has been said, it is only speculation.

While Martino believes Judge could land a massive seven-year, $224 million deal, he also believes the Yankees may have other ideas that could benefit the Yankees in the long run.

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Allowing a one-year contract in the judge’s final year of arbitration would allow both sides to work on an extension that would begin in the 2023 season. But it could lead to him possibly being lost to the free hand. While it may not be what Yankees faithful want to see for their young slugger, it could benefit the team by avoiding the luxury tax.

While reflecting on Jose Ramirez’s deal with the Cleveland Guardians, The New York Post’s Joel Sherman speculated that the lack of a deal could be due to Judge’s desire to remain a Yankee. While Ramirez wanted to remain a guard, does Judge want to remain a Yankee?

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner may want to close that deal, but will stand in the way of Judge’s desire to get paid like Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout or Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts. Sherman also speculates that each renewal for Judge would be in the $200 million range.

Sherman said: “Will he turn down any extension that doesn’t, say, at least put him towards Betts/Trout? Or is he using that as rhetoric to get Steinbrenner to bid against himself and take the last best offer before the judge-imposed deadline on Friday’s opening day.”

Judge and the Yankees have a lot to think about. Will Judge make himself a Yankee for years to come? Or is he waiting for more money? Will the Yankees come up with the money?

We will see. The next few hours could be tremendous for the Yankees and Judge. Silence about discussions with Aaron Judge could be a good sign

John Verrall

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