Yankees Rumors: Aaron Judge Didn't Ask for Contract Extension of More Than 8 Years

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVApril 10, 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a single in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 08, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Aaron Judge didn't request an extension from the New York Yankees surpassing eight years, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed the team put a seven-year, $213.5 million deal on the table, which would've added to the $17 million he's projected to get this season. 

The New York Post's Jon Heyman reported Judge was looking to sign a nine- or 10-year pact that averaged $36 million annually.

The three-time All-Star acknowledged he was "disappointed" that he was unable to work out an agreement with the Bronx Bombers.

"I want to bring a championship back to New York. I want to do it for the fans here," he told reporters. "This is home for me. And I'm not getting that done right now. It stinks, but I got a job to do on the field. I got to shift my focus to that now and play some ball."

Judging a player's value in monetary terms is always subjective, because a player is worth whatever a team will pay him.

An entire package of eight years and $230 million doesn't seem to be insultingly low for Judge, though.

Rosenthal noted the $30.5 million average salary from New York's offer would've been the second-highest among outfielders behind Mike Trout, who signed a 12-year, $426.5 million extension with the Los Angeles Angels.

Judge owns a .276/.386/.553 slash line for his career. Since he entered the majors in 2016, he's fifth in wOBA (.393) and fourth in wRC+ (150), per FanGraphs. Throw in his plus defense, and the 29-year-old could plausibly command more money than New York was willing to include.

However, he's going to turn 30 in April, so it's fair to wonder how much longer his prime playing window will remain open beyond 2022.

ESPN's Buster Olney also spoke with multiple agents who expressed concerns stemming from Judge's 6'7", 282-pound frame.

"Judge is awesome, but I'm terrified of gargantuan people and whether they can stay healthy," one agent said.

"I just don't know if you can really predict how effective he's going to be when he gets into his mid-30s," another agent told Olney. "Because we've never seen a player his size. Will he be able to catch up to fastballs when he's in the back half of his next contract? I don't know. There are a lot of unknowns."

Regardless of the exact circumstances behind the breakdown in negotiations between the Yankees and Judge, they were unable to broker a deal.

The two-time Silver Slugger seems to be betting on himself, and he has the opportunity to justify that gamble through his performance on the field this year.