NEW YORK – Aaron Judge has repeatedly said he hopes to play his entire career in the Yankees’ stripes. General manager Brian Cashman believes the organization tried to make that happen in their extension negotiations, which resume after the regular season.
The judge said he was “disappointed” after rejecting a seven-year, $ 213.5 million extension proposal from the Yankees on opening day. The clubs also remain apart as to the judge’s 2022 salary, a case that could be decided at an arbitration hearing. Judge has requested $ 21 million, while the club responded with $ 17 million.
“I do not assume anything, because it takes a lot when you make a trade or come to contract terms, but we went in with the legitimate intention to get out [with a long-term deal]”,” said Cashman on WFAN Sports Radio. “If you do not have the outcome you want on the timeline you have, which for us was the opening day, you still get another bite of the apple. now we live to fight another day. ”
Cashman said discussions with the referee began about three weeks before the end of spring training, and he warned the referee’s camp “probably 72 hours” before the outfielder’s self-imposed opening day deadline that contract numbers would be revealed publicly if the parties did not agree.
The proposed deal would have been valued at $ 30.5 million per season, the highest average annual value ever issued to a Yankees position player in excess of the $ 27.5 million AAV for Alex Rodríguez’s final contract with New York.
Judge and his agent, Page Odle, are seeking one of the biggest deals ever issued to an outfielder. That group includes: Mike Trout (12 years, $ 426.5 million), Mookie Betts (12 years, $ 365 million), Bryce Harper (13 years, $ 330 million) and Giancarlo Stanton (13 years, $ 325 million).
Cashman declined to say whether Judge and Odle sought a nine-year commitment.
“The one thing that Aaron Judge has been willing to share is the intention of wanting to be here for life,” Cashman said. “For some players, it’s much longer than other players in terms of their careers. You can see what Tom Brady is doing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers right now. His career is going much further than most.”
The referee has said he will not negotiate with the Yankees during the season, believing it would be a distraction. Cashman said he continues to take this statement at face value, though he is open to speaking during the season if Judge so desires.
“The great thing about it is that man [Judge] has the hand on the steering wheel of his life as he should, ”said Cashman. “He only has to do what he feels comfortable doing. Just the opposite of what we offer. That’s just how it works. In the end, magic happens when people can find common ground and see it together at the same time. manner.”
Cashman said the Yankees felt they needed to “keep some powder dry” this past offseason when they planned to keep the referee. Cashman said he received calls regarding the availability of Carlos Correa, and shared with the ownership that shortstop conditions seemed to be changing.
Correa agreed to a $ 105.3 million three-year deal with the twins, which includes opt-out clauses after each of the first two seasons. Cashman said Correa “just did not fit” financially with the Yankees, saying he remains happy with the club’s trade with Minnesota to import third baseman Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt.
“The Minnesota agreement achieved a lot of different things for us that we were happy with,” Cashman said. “Of course, we added pay by doing so, relative to what was ultimately available later in the spring post-lockout, when the Correa camp ultimately decided to make a short-term deal.”
Cashman said the Yankees were also in touch with first baseman representatives Freddie Freeman, especially after the Braves switched to Athletics’ Matt Olson. The Dodgers signed Freeman to a six-year, $ 162 million deal.
“We have never made an official offer, whether it was Correa or Freeman,” Cashman said. “We were certainly in touch with the representation about what they were looking for.”
Dollars and common sense
Cashman reiterated that the Yankees’ opening day salary – $ 246 million according to the Fangraphs – is the largest in franchise history. Only the Dodgers ($ 286 million) and Mets ($ 279 million) have more pay on the books for their 2022 club.
“The Steinbrenner family has done nothing but go up again and again,” Cashman said. “We compete at the highest level for the best players in the world. You can not get them all, but we have certainly done our fair share of acquiring or retaining some of the best talented baseball players this world has ever seen.”