Tampa, Fla. — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge and general manager Brian Cashman had no update Monday on a contract extension for the hitter, with a possible deadline looming later this week.
There was some confusion over the situation after YES Network’s new analyst, Carlos Beltran, hinted during his first broadcast for the Yankees’ spring game against Philadelphia that an overtime had been completed and said he was glad Judge had his would extend their stay at the club.
Beltran later went back on the comment and said he hoped the judge would sign off on an extension.
“Carlos is, he’s my man, so I think he was just paying attention and trying to have my back a little bit,” Judge said after the game. “I heard a bit from Carlos in the dressing room the last few innings and I think he’s a little nervous but he’ll fit in well. I’m glad he pulled a bit for me.”
The judge again indicated that he did not want to negotiate a new contract during the regular season. The outfield player, who turns 30 next month, may become a free agent after the World Series.
The Yankees open Thursday at home against the Boston Red Sox.
“After opening day, like I said, I have a job to do and I need to focus on something,” Judge said.
The Yankees and Judge have yet to reach an agreement for 2022, which could result in the teams going into arbitration mid-season. The outfielder asked for a raise from $10,175,000 to $21 million and the Yankees offered $17 million.
“We will have all deals finalized, that will either be arbitration or a contract,” Cashman said. “I will not comment on anything other than the fact that we have done everything we committed to, that is, we would engage in contract negotiations and that would lead us either to a one-year arbitration scenario or into a multi-year contract.”
The judge said he wasn’t afraid because of his contract status.
“I understand the business side of this,” Judge said. “I still have to come here and do what I have to do on the field. Whether we sign a deal or not will not affect me at all. Either way, it’s going to take a year or more, so I’m not too worried.”
Judge hit .287 with 39 home runs and 98 RBIs in 148 games last season.
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https://www.ksat.com/sports/2022/04/04/no-announcements-on-judge-extension-as-opening-day-nears/ No announcements of judges extension as Opening Day approaches