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Aaron Judge Has No Desire To Leave Fading Yankees

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Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge was asked about his future with the team after another disappointing playoff exit last night.

“I want to be a Yankee for life,” Judge said following the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the AL wild card game. “I want to wear the pinstripes for the rest of my career. You never know what the future holds for you. Whatever happens on the flip side, with contracts and trades that are out of my control.”

Judge is entering the final year of arbitration before he turns into a free agent next offseason. He was later asked whether this was an important offseason for his future.

“I guess you can say that,” Judge said.

Judge is saying a ton here without saying a whole lot. “Whatever happens with contracts is out of my control” sounds a bit like the Yankees are reluctant to offer a big money contract to their three-time All-Star.

Do I expect Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner to open the checkbook and re-sign Aaron Judge? I do, largely because he’s not the reason the Yankees continue to fall short, but losing Judge would also be a marketing nightmare. A team profiting over half a billion dollars should not let one of the most popular and productive players in the sport skip town, so don’t expect his departure anytime soon. Or ever.

Judge eventually spoke on what it’s like playing for the Yankees, and his response suggests he’s hopeful contract negotiations change course.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Judge said. “There’s no better place to play. I’ve sacrificed a lot for the team and they’ve sacrificed in giving me this chance. I want to bring it home here. You never know what the future holds here. We’ll see what happens.”

Ultimately, the Yankees have a few bucks shedding off their payroll this off-season, which will likely lead to a long-term agreement this winter. Just from a business stand point, Aaron Judge would be smart to continue this Yankees marriage, regardless of wins and losses.

Of course winning is important to him, which is mainly what Judge is saying here. He loves playing for the Yankees, he’s made the team a whole lot of money, and now it’s time for the team to make him a wealthy man while getting back to that “win first” mentality the Yankees were known for in George Steinbrenner’s day.

The face of the New York Yankees should be here until he decides to retire.

 

 

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Between his age and injury history, I’d be very reluctant to back the money truck up to his front porch.

    Could he learn first base? Stanton is going to penciled in as your DH for a few more seasons and I don’t see 99 surviving in the outfield

      • Yes, they’re likely to pay him and have another 30+ million a year dedicated to 30 year old who should be a DH.

        Between 2018 & 2019 he missed over 100 games and they got lucky with MLB’s joke of a season last year.

        No doubt he carried the team this year. But at 30 years old, are his knees going to hold up 290Ibs in the outfield for the next 5-7 years? Not likely

        • Yes, should be a DH when his defensive rating is second in baseball for right fielders in both leagues. That take is trash. Anyone capable of carrying a team is worthy of paying — they’ll run out of money by paying average players elite money like Aaron Hicks. My source? I watch more Yankees baseball than you. Have a nice day.

  2. They have no problem with a 200 million payroll. Pay him 30 and that’s only 15%. That’s a hard decision for the Milwaukee’s and Colorado’s of the world but not them. They probably sell that much on 99 Jerseys and All Rise merch every year.

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