The deadline for extending Aaron Judge’s contract with the Yankees is set before the team’s first pitch Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET. However, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Friday morning that the right-back and the team are unlikely to reach an agreement before the deadline.
This update comes shortly after it was reported that Judge’s proposed contract would set the Yankees franchise record for a positional player if agreed. according to reports from multiple MLB insiders.
Contract details are not yet official, but the offer includes a multi-year deal worth up to $225 million. The judge’s annual salary would be at least $28 million.
That amount would be quite a leap for the 30-year-old as he will earn $17 million this season, according to Spotrac.
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The record deal for a Yankees player currently is pitcher Gerrit Cole, who earns about $36 million a year on his nine-year, $324 million contract. Former Yankees outfielder Alex Rodriguez made $27.5 million a year on a 10-year contract signed in 2007. Judge’s would barely top that figure.
If the judge and the Yankees reach an agreement on the proposed amount, he will trail only Mike Trout ($35.54 million) and Mookie Betts ($30.4 million) in terms of annual salary for current outfielders.
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