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Aaron Judge Has A New Baseline For His Next Deal

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 10, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is reaching a whole new level of offensive performance in 2022.

In 125 games, he has a .294/.396/.661 line with 50 home runs, 102 runs scored, 110 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and a league-leading 195 wRC+ (100 is considered average).

He still has more than a month to reach some milestones.

First of all, he is just three home runs shy of posting a personal best, eclipsing the 52 he hit in his rookie season in 2017.

The biggest goal may be Roger Maris‘ 61 home runs: that’s the highest franchise output over a single season.

With a hot September, it’s well within reach for the outstanding Judge.

His decision to reject a seven-year, $213.5 million contract before the season seems to be paying off.

With what the Yankees offered Judge in arbitration, he would have made $230.5 million from 2022 to 2029.

Now, he is slated for a much, much higher payday.

“The Yankees offered Aaron Judge $240M, he declined, and then proceeded to hit 50 bombs before September. His contract starts with a 3 and if you don’t like it, be honest and say you’re afraid of the big contract. What a player,” Gary Sheffield Jr. tweeted.

 

Judge Will Be A Very Rich Man

Judge is already 30, so a contract worth more than $400 million or even $350 million is probably out of the question.

It’s very possible, however, that he ends up signing a pact that indeed starts with a 3.

The Yankees are in a very dangerous position: if they don’t want to pay that, the Los Angeles Dodgers and, especially, the New York Mets might.

For all parties’ sake, the Bombers need to make sure Judge is a Yankee for life.

He is a future captain, and even his floor is rather high.

He is also athletic and should age well.

Re-signing Judge is a must for the Yankees.




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