NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided an arbitration hearing Friday by agreeing to a $19 million, one-year contract, a deal that would keep Slugger on track to become a free agent after the World Series. Is.
Unable to reach a long-term settlement in talks that ended on opening day, the two sides split the difference between the figures for a proposed arbitration on March 22: $21 million sought by the judge and $17 million given by the Yankees. ,
Judges can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses: $250,000 if he is named the league’s MVP and $250,000 if he is a World Series MVP.
The outfielder is probably in the middle of his best season to date, batting .304 with a major league-leading 27 home runs and 53 RBIs in 68 games. On his way to his fourth All-Star selection in seven major league seasons, Judge hit a game-winning single on Thursday night in a 7-6 win over AL champions Houston.
Judge helped lead the Yankees to a 52–18 record, the best in the major leagues, the best by a New York franchise in 70 games since 1939, and the best of any major league team since the Seattle Mariners. 2001. He also went from right field to become the Yankees’ primary center fielder.
The judge and team reached an agreement before the scheduled afternoon of the Zoom hearings began before a three-person panel.
No figures or evidence other than contract and salary comparisons were accepted after March 1, the period when MLB and the players’ union agreed a deal that would end the lockdown.
Judge batted .287 last season with 39 home runs and 98 RBI.