Yankees President: Aaron Judge is one of the best in New York history
Looking ahead to his first visit to free agency, Aaron Judge is experiencing one of the best seasons in Yankees history and NY is considering an extension.
Aaron Judge will be a free agent for the first time in his career at the end of the current season and the 30-year-old outfielder demands a historic contract after a season of such proportions. In this regard, the Yankees seem willing to respond.
In an interview for the podcast The Show, Yankees president Randy Levine said that Judge is “one of the best in the history of the Yankees,” and added that the club will be “extraordinarily competitive” when negotiating with the player.
“We think Aaron Judge is an all-time Yankee... That’s why we offered him the highest position player contract in the history of the Yankees. I admire him that he went out and took this upon his shoulders and we’ll sit down with him and hopefully figure it out. I think there’s no question we want him back and no question we value him,” said Levine.
Prior to the start of the current campaign, Judge rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million extension (annual value of $30.5 million). Being in his last year of salary arbitration, he is under a one-year, $19 million deal.
During NY’s 5-4 victory over Minnesota, Judge hit a home run for the fourth consecutive game and reached 55 homers on the schedule. A couple of days ago he broke the record for home runs that Alex Rodríguez achieved in the Bronx and on Sunday he broke his personal best in a campaign (52, achieved in 2017).
Judge is just the fourth player in Yankees history to reach 55 home runs. Previously Roger Maris (1961) and Babe Ruth did it on a couple of occasions (1921 and 1927). At this rate the outfielder could reach 65 by the end of the season, the fourth highest figure in Major League history.
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