Judge is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2022 season and was one of the players who did not reach a settlement with their teams to avoid arbitration.
After Judge turned down the latest offer from the Yankees, the team’s general manager, Brian Cashman spoke on the matter.
Cashman expressed disappointment that the two sides were unable to reach an agreement today, but also optimism that they can continue to discuss this in the future.
Brian Cashman: “We’re all disappointed right now that we can’t be talking about a contract extension today, but that doesn’t preclude us from talking about it hopefully in the future.”
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 8, 2022
With contract extension talks failing between Judge and the Yankees, it appears likely that Judge will ultimately test the free agent market this coming winter.
If that’s the case, then we may see Judge sign with a new team.
He is sure to warrant a large contract in free agency if it reaches that point.
But Cashman is doing his best not to let his head down about the situation.
There is still a small chance something could be worked out in the future between the two sides, but in the meantime, the most likely solution is for an agreement to be reached in the arbitration process, which would be a short-term deal if it came to pass.
It would certainly be weird to see Judge wearing another team’s uniform next season.
We’ll see if him and the Yankees will pick up talks down the road and ultimately work something out, or potentially reach a settlement in the arbitration process.
For now, Judge is still a Yankee, but free agency is looming for him.