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NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge has started what could be his final season with the New York Yankees after failing to agree to a long-term contract before the slugger’s deadline to reach a deal.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team offered an eight-year contract worth $230.5-234.5 million, with the difference determined in arbitration for that salary. year.
Judge’s reps wanted a nine-year contract above Mike Trout’s average annual value of $319.6 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the judge’s position has not been made public.
The outfielder is eligible for free agency after the World Series.
“We are happy that he wears stripes. We look forward to him leading the team this year,” Cashman said. “We’re obviously going to re-engage with him when the opportunity comes in the playoffs.”
Cashman said the Yankees are offering a contract averaging $30.5 million a year from 2023-29, with his 2022 salary being either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million dollars requested by the judge.
“We definitely couldn’t agree at this point,” Cashman said.
Judge is a three-time star player who turns 30 on April 26. He led the Yankees last season with a .287 batting average, 39 home runs and 98 RBIs.
The judge said before Friday’s opener against Boston that he would resolve the situation after the game.
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