The Yankees need to avoid arbitration with Aaron Judge

TORONTO — The Yankees head into the Tampa Bay area this week with perhaps their biggest challenge ahead of them. Sure, they are coming in with the best record in baseball and a huge lead in the American League East. And just last week they swept the Rays back in the Bronx. Their pitchers have allowed the fewest runs in the majors and their hitters have hammered the most home runs.

But this week could define not only this season, but the franchise’s next decade.

Wednesday, before the team heads back to the Bronx to face the Astros, is the scheduled time for the arbitration on Aaron Judge’s 2022 salary. The process has never been described as a positive, relationship-building experience by players who went through it — just ask Dellin Betances. It’s a process that Judge, whose historic home run pace this season is not supposed to be taken into consideration, remembers from when the Yankees beat Betances and the hard feelings grew in the clubhouse.

With the Yankees looking like a World Series contender, they shouldn’t let any more hard feelings into their relationship with Judge.

The best case scenario, they can find common ground on a deal for this season or long-term that keeps them out of the room — like they did at the last minute with Luis Severino in spring of 2019.

To be fair, the Yankees did attempt to avoid this.

The sides talked all spring, but  less than two hours before the start of the Yankees’ 2022 season, GM Brian Cashman announced that the team had failed to reach an agreement with the face of the franchise. Judge turned down a deal that would have paid him at least $230.5 million over the next eight years which puts him in line to become a free agent at the end …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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