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The 30-year-old Judge, who became a free agent after this season, turned down a 7-year, $213.5 million contract with the Yankees on opening day. While Judge is in the midst of his historic MVP caliber his season, the two have yet to find common ground.
The All-Star slugger has an MLB-best 55 homers and 118 RBIs while batting .301/.407/.683 and 205 OPS+. He also devotes a significant amount of time to center field and right field. All of this will likely make Judge’s off-season asking price skyrocket.
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Yankees president Randy Levine, who appeared on the “The Show” podcast, said franchises love judges and that it’s worth sticking with a well-known franchise.
“We love Aaron Judge,” Levine said. “I think Aaron Judge is the greatest Yankee ever. ” [based on average annual salary] In the history of the Yankees. I commend him for going out and shouldering this. I have no doubt that we want him back.
“There’s no doubt we hold him in high esteem. At the end of the day, he’s a Yankee, and like all free agents, being a Yankee is really, really important. Perhaps elsewhere. It brings a lot of things you don’t get, and now we’re talking about home run chasing with Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.
Giancarlo Stanton (13 years, $325 million), Gerrit Cole (9 years, $324 million) and Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $275 million) have signed the biggest deals in team history. However, Stanton signed a contract extension with the Miami Marlins before New York. acquired him in 2017.
The Yankees are 83-54, ranking first in the AL East and second overall in the AL. In his six seasons in the MLB (2017-22), Judges said he averaged 34.8 homers and 79 RBIs per season.
Levine emphasized that every situation between the judges and the Yankees is a “negotiation.”
“There’s nothing wrong with ‘do you want Aaron Judge back,'” Levin said. “no problem [with] “How much do we value him?” It’s a negotiation. One thing that will be discussed with him and his agents in the offseason is, “How are we going to keep him?” And it’s up to him if he wants to stay here. [or] where does he want to go? Anyone suggesting a better deal for him? I think we are very competitive. “
In terms of the elite outfielder market, Mike Trout (12-year, $426.5 million contract), Mookie Betts (12-year, $365 million contract), Bryce Harper (13-year, $330 million contract) $300 million contract) over the last four years.
Levine reiterated that the Yankees hold judges in high esteem.
“We know his worth,” said Levine. “We know what he is, but it takes two to tango.”
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