The New York Yankees did not reach a long-term extension with star Outfielder Aaron Judge before Opening Day, meaning he will become a free agent following the 2022 season.
“It’s concluded, unfortunately,” general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Friday at a news conference, when asked about extension talks. “We will be in a one-year setting, on a yet to-be-determined number [salary in 2022].”
“We had an extended conversation over the last three weeks or so with [Judge and his representatives], but we were unsuccessful in concluding a multi-year pact. Obviously, our intent to have Aaron Judge stay as a New York Yankee as we move forward. I know that is his intent, as well, which is a good thing.”
Cashman said the final offer to Judge was a seven-year extension at $30.5 million per year plus $17 million for this season. In total, it was an eight-year offer.
Cashman said he is open to talking with Judge during the season to try to get a long-term deal done, but Judge has said over and over again that he doesn’t want to discuss anything during the season because he doesn’t want it to be a distraction.
Judge, 29, hit a career-high .287 with 39 home runs and 98 RBIs in 148 games last season for the Yankees. The three-time All-Star and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year hit .276 with 158 homers in 572 games over his first six seasons with the team.
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