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Yankees, Aaron Judge avoid arbitration hearing

Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided an arbitration hearing on Friday by agreeing to a $19 million contract with incentives for the 2022 season, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The slugger is still set to become a free agent after the World Series.

If Judge is named American League Most Valuable Player he will earn $250,000. If he is voted World Series MVP he will get an additional $250,000.

Judge and the Yankees had been $4 million apart. Judge and his agent, Page Odle, filed at $21 million, while the club filed at $17 million.

The 30-year-old is hitting .304/.379/.658 with a Major League-leading 27 home runs and 58 runs scored in 68 games. If he keeps performing like this, the three-time All-Star outfielder will take home the AL MVP Award for the first time in his career.