MLB Insider Predicts What Aaron Judge’s New York Yankees Contract Extension Will Look Like
With just five days until Opening Day, the Yankees are trying to lock up superstar outfielder Aaron Judge for a long-term extension before the regular season begins.
So what could Judge’s potential new deal look like?
According to ESPN Insider Buster Olney, who appeared on The Michael Kay Show On Friday, don’t expect Judge to enjoy a hometown discount for the only team he’s ever known in his pro career.
The judge made it clear that he wanted stay yankee for a long time, but as Olney pointed out, the future 30-year-old is a member of the MLB Players Union, which advocates that players maximize their value throughout their careers. Considering his age, this could be Judge’s only chance to cash in on a life-changing deal. And rightly so, considering Judge is a three-time All-Star, a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and winner of the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year award, where he led the league in home runs.
According to reports, the Yankees could eventually give Judge a deal lasting around seven or eight years. And as Olney reported, Judge could receive an average annual salary of $30 million per season.
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With a massive extension potentially on the horizon for Judge, the Yankees’ confusing offseason is starting to make a lot more sense. New York hasn’t been too aggressive in pursuing some of the best free agents around like Carlos Correa, Trevor Story or Freddie Freeman. That’s because their luxury tax payroll is the third-highest in baseball at $261 million, per RosterResource. It’s the result of being tied to major contracts belonging to Gerrit Cole, Giancarlo Stanton, DJ LeMahieu, Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and Aaron Hicks.
In addition to paying those expensive veterans on the roster, the Yankees wanted to make sure there was money left over for the lockout judge before he entered his final year of officiating. If Judge and the Yankees can’t reach an agreement by Opening Day, Judge will likely head to free agency after the 2022 season.
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