New York Yankees offered Aaron Judge a $230 million contract, says general manager Brian Cashman
NEW YORK — All-Star right fielder Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension by the slugger’s self-imposed deadline on Opening Day.
General manager Brian Cashman said the team offered a seven-year, $213.5 million extension, which, coupled with the $17 million offered in arbitration this season, would have brought in just over $230 million. dollars.
Speaking earlier on Friday, Judge deferred to Cashman when asked about his contract status with the team.
“I’m not going to get into it now,” Judge said. “I think Cashman will have an update for you guys, but I have one game to focus on right now. So if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’ll see you after the game and we talk about it I think we will have a better update after the game.
When asked if negotiations were still ongoing, the judge reiterated that negotiations would continue until the first pitch, scheduled for Friday at 1:08 p.m. ET in the Bronx.
“That’s the deadline. If that’s not done, we’ll work on the one-year arbitration agreement and go from there,” Judge said. “That’s it. I don’t want to be a distraction during the year; we have so many things to focus on, you know, a lot of good things are happening, and I don’t want that to be a distraction for the team. all year. After a good streak, a good month, more talk… a bad streak, a bad month… ‘should have signed that extension’ or something.”
He added: “Opening day is not over. The first pitch is 1:08. Today is the deadline. So we will talk about overtime or no overtime, and we let’s finish with that and move on to baseball.”
The judge was unable to agree on a contract with the Yankees for the 2022 regular season after the 29-year-old filed for $21 million in arbitration and the club hit back. $17 million.
Nonetheless, manager Aaron Boone has said he is certain that whatever happens with Judge’s contract will have no impact on the pitch, as Judge has stated on several occasions.
“He’s the ultimate teammate,” Boone said. “He’s probably the biggest leader in this room. And he’s an incredible player who wants to go out and be big and wants nothing more than to be part of the Championship club. And there’s no doubt in my mind , regardless of the outcome, nothing will change in the way Aaron conducts business.
“I’ve seen some of Aaron’s comments, and I’m okay, it’s going to happen or not. But I really don’t think it’s going to have an effect on him. He just has makeup that’s too solid that it’s not going to be a problem.”
Judge said: “Just getting into extension talks is a blessing. I never thought in my life that I would be in this opportunity, it’s not something guaranteed. Just to even think about going that route with the Yankees is something special I know I was guaranteed last year it’s an officiating year I have a year to play , and contract extensions are fine, but I have more important things to focus on.