There is a ton of uncertainty surrounding the New York Yankees and their slugger Aaron Judge as we draw ever closer to the deadline set by Judge for the two sides to reach an agreement on a contract extension.
As time passes, it’s looking more and more likely that Judge will at the very least test the waters of free agency when the 2022 season ends, if not potentially leave New York for another ballclub.
There certainly will be plenty of teams in on him if that’s the case.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network had an update on the latest offer put forth by the Yankees, but the Yankees themselves have come out and said that barring a miracle, the two sides likely won’t reach an agreement today.
Average annual value on latest offer is at least $28 million, source confirms. https://t.co/YdPVwXfEGk
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 8, 2022
Will Judge Stay?
A contract offer for over $200 million is a pretty good offer to most people, but in sports, players always seem to want more, and it would be hard to imagine Judge not wanting more than that.
Then again, the Cleveland Guardians managed to extend Jose Ramirez to a contract that is well under his value, so it’s always possible.
But it is the Yankees, and one would think that they would have the financial flexibility to keep Judge long-term on a deal that Judge feels is fair for him to accept.
The Yankees open up their 2022 season today at 1:05 p.m. ET, as they play host to the Boston Red Sox, their historic rivals.
Judge had previously set a deadline of Opening Day for a new deal to get done, and with that approaching fast, it seems unlikely that it will happen today.
We’ll see if the two sides can agree on something.