You don’t need to be a baseball fan to recognize the name Aaron Judge. interrupted other sporting events to display his at-bats as he tries to break the American League home run record. Since all records for home runs in a season higher than 61 were set during the drug era, several commentators have argued that this is the real record.
Without a doubt, Judge is having a stellar year. In addition to the home runs, he is also in striking distance of the Triple Crown, which just a dozen players have won since 1920. Furthermore, MLB.com notes that Judge has a chance to win a Quadruple Triple Crown by finishing first in at least the American League in 12 separate statistical categories.
Judge’s unprecedented season is all the more impressive given that it is occurring in a contract year, which means he will be getting PAID this offseason. Aaron and the New York Yankees were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension prior to the start of the 2022 season.
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Brian Cashman, the general manager of the New York Yankees, told reporters that the team offered Judge $17 million in arbitration and a seven-year, $213.5 million contract. A judge rejected the offer, most likely after comparing it to that of other A-list players and concluding that he deserved better.
In any case, he made a counteroffer. There have been rumors that Aaron promised the Yankees a 10-year, $360 million contract. It seems, though, that the Americans turned down the offer. In contrast, Judge was awarded $19 million through arbitration this year.
Now that he has taken a chance on himself, he stands to gain a substantial sum of money. A little more than $30 million annually was what Judge could have made with his previous contract. His stellar season has earned him a raise in yearly and total compensation.
Reportedly, Juan Soto is after a 10-year, $450 million contract. Considering the length of the contract, that works out to about $45 million each year. The problem is that Juan Soto is only 23 years old. Since Judge is already 30 years old, no team is likely to take a 10-year chance on him, even with a guaranteed $40 million or more.
Jeff Passan points out, bigger sluggers have contracts that tend to depreciate faster than the others. Teams interested in signing Judge will want to make the most of the first five years of his contract. One alternative is for a team to get creative with Judge’s contract and pay him more now when he’s still young and likely at his peak productivity. Even so, he would still earn more money in the long run.
For the record, before this incredible year, Aaron had already declined a 7-year, $213 million contract. All things considered, it seems reasonable to estimate that Aaron will seek a deal worth around $350 million over the course of seven years. That is the equivalent of $50,000,000 every year on average.
If this happens, Aaron will end his career with $370 million (including $19 million from this season) instead of $230 million. That is to say, assuming these numbers hold true, Aaron will have gained an additional…
140 million dollars Judge’s current priority is to help the Yankees win the World Series. Once the playoffs are over, however, he can turn his attention back to the books.