Aaron Judge Extension: General Manager Brian Cashman Confirms No Deal Before Deadline, Yankees Offer Over $200 Million

New York The New York Yankees failed to reach a long-term contract extension with right-wing star Aaron Judge before the opening day deadline, general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Friday. Cashman said the team offered seven years and $30.5 million annually plus a one-year contract to avoid arbitration in 2022. The value of the extension was $213.5 million.

“We are all disappointed now that we can’t talk about a contract extension today. Not now, but hopefully later,” Cashman said. “…Both sides would like to be here. I think Aaron Judge doesn’t want to be anywhere but here, and we’d like to make that happen as well.”

Judge Walyankee did not have a valid 2022 contract — Cashman confirmed that an arbitration hearing was scheduled, though they hoped to avoid it — and submitted for a $21 million salary before the arbitration filing deadline. The Yankees made $17 million. The team’s salary of $17 million in 2022 plus the extension would equate to eight years and a total of $230.5 million.

“I’m disappointed that I’ve been honest I want to be a Yankee for life and bring the championship back to New York,” Judge said after his team’s victory on opening day. “…It hurts but I have work to do on the field.”

The average annual value of an extension of $30.5 million was the highest in franchise history for a focused player, surpassing Alex Rodriguez’s $27.5 million, even though he would have been behind Gerrit Cole’s franchise record of $36 million for all players. Here are the biggest overseas contracts in baseball history:

1. Mike Trout, Angels: $426.5 million

1. Mike Trout, Angels: $35.54 million

2. Mocky Pets, Dodgers: 365 million dollars

2. Mocky Pets, Dodgers: $30.42 million

3. Bryce Harper, Phillies: 330 million dollars

3. Eunice Cespedes, Mets: $27.5 million

4. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees: 325 million dollars

4. Chris Bryant, Rockies: 26 million dollars

5. Christian Welich, Brewers: $215 million

5. Bryce Harper, Phillies: 25.38 million dollars

Cashman has not ruled out extending talks through the regular season, although the judge has set a deadline for opening day. “I have a game to focus on now,” the judge said Friday morning. “So if it does, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’ll see you guys after the game and we’ll talk about it.”

“His concern, he told me, was that he didn’t want to be anywhere else,” Cashman said. “But at the same time, he knows there are no guarantees… We’re glad he’s upside down. We look forward to leading him into this team this year.”

It is rare for the general manager to disclose to the public the terms of the rejected contract offer. Cashman claimed he did it because the information would eventually come out anyway, so he was just ripping off the bandage, although it’s not hard to see this as an attempt at damage control. An attempt to make the judge seem like the unreasonable party because he turned down a major contract.

“I don’t like talking about numbers,” Judge said. “I like to keep this private. It’s something that I felt was special between my team and the Yankees.” “…I can’t control what happens on the other side.”

The Yankees have gone through several top free agents in recent years, including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado four years ago and Carlos Correa and Freddy Freeman last season. The thought was that the team was saving their next mega dollar deal for Judge, a local Yankee. Now, the Yankees have failed to sign the judge before free agency and appear to be taking steps to make him look like the bad guy, or at least pressure him to accept their offer.

For the Yankees, Judge is their best and most marketable player, a player whose value in the franchise exceeds his performance on the field. There is a section of the stands on the right court at Yankee Stadium dedicated to him (“Judge’s Chambers”) and the club has launched countless marketing campaigns around the Judge in the past few seasons. Both sides definitely benefit – being a famous Yankee means the judge has more endorsement deals than any player in baseball.

“Very few people get this opportunity to talk about an extension,” the judge said. “Having this opportunity is special and I appreciate the Yankees’ desire to do so. But I wouldn’t mind going to a free agency… at the end of this year, I will be speaking to 30 teams. One of those teams.”

Shortly after being reported to Spring Training, the judge indicated that he would not negotiate the contract after opening day. “I’m going to stick to that deadline. I think it’s best for both parties, so they can focus on what they need to do and I can focus on what I need to do, which is on the field. If we don’t do it soon, what’s the point of communication in the season?” he said. The New York PostDan Martin recently.

The Yankees have four players signed until at least 2025: Cole, Stanton, Aaron Hicks and DJ Limaheu. The Judge extension could have netted approximately $110 million annually in just five players through 2025. Others such as Josh Donaldson, Joey Gallo, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Jordan Montgomery, Anthony Rizzo, Luis Severino and Jameson Taillon could have They become free agents either this out of season or next. New York has some roster rotation coming.

Judge, 30 later this month, composed the .287/ .382/ .544 hitting streak with 39 home passes en route to fourth in the AL MVP vote in 2021. When on the field, Judge has always performed at a level Elite, although staying on the field was sometimes a problem. Injuries limited him to 242 of the 384 potential regular season games from 2018-20, or 63 per cent.

Last season, the Yankees went 92-70 and lost the AL Wild Card game to rival Red Sox. They’ve been in the post-season each of the past five years, but haven’t yet advanced to the ALCS.