Yesterday was the final day to exchange salary figures and reach deals in time to avoid arbitration.
For the Yankees, that’s going to be a slight problem as they couldn’t come to an agreement with Judge on a new deal for 2022.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees offered their slugger $17 million.
However, Judge declined it, as he was seeking $21 million.
Now it appears that an arbitration hearing is next for Judge and the Yankees.
Salary exchange: #Yankees offered $17M, Judge asked for $21M.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 23, 2022
Yankees, Judge At Impasse
There is already much talk of a contract extension for Judge.
The Yankees’ slugger is a free agent to be and has said publicly that he wants an extension before Opening Day.
If the two sides can’t agree on an extension, Judge says he will enter the free agent market after the season is over.
But for now, there’s a dispute on how much money Judge will make in 2022.
Some players aren’t going to get the best deals during the pre-arbitration period, and such is the case right now with Judge.
Austin Riley and the Atlanta Braves find themselves in a similar situation, with an arbitration hearing likely coming in the near future.
Again, Judge wanted a $21 million increase this year and the Yankees only offered him $17 million, which isn’t a bad offer, but when your star player wants more money, he should get that money.
It’s possible that the Yankees are considering his recent injury history, but that should be something that is on the table for a contract extension, not for arbitration.