Aaron Judge has been clear about his desire to wear the Yankees uniform throughout his career. However, the recent winner of the Silver Bat acknowledges that “you never know” what fate awaits.
Judge, who was recognized for the second time with a Silver Bat on Thursday, participated in a question and answer session with Fanatics, in which he reaffirmed his hope to continue for many more years in New York. Judge is in the final year of arbitration eligibility and could be a free agent in 2023.
“That’s my wish. My objective. Finish my career as a Yankee, ”Judge confessed. “If it were up to me, I’d be with the Yankees for the next 10 years, that’s for sure.”
At this week’s General Manager Meetings, Yankees GG Brian Cashman said he had not spoken with Judge’s representatives about a potential deal for a contract extension.
“He’s a special player, so he’s definitely going to be a special case,” Cashman said. “But I can’t predict what will happen, but I know we are happy with him now, there is no doubt about that.”
Typically, the Yankees don’t extend their players before free agency. Two of the times they’ve done it lately it hasn’t turned out well – patrolman Aaron Hicks and Dominican pitcher Luis Severino received extensions before the 2019 season, but have been injured most of the time since then.
Judge, who will turn 30 in April, earned $ 10.75 million last season. He led the club in most offensive categories, including batting average (.287) on base (.373), slugging (.544), runs scored (89), home runs (39) and walks (75). He received the Fielding Bible award for best right hand patrolman in sport.
“There is no other place where I ever want to play. Just because of how the fans have received me, accepted me and treated me very well, ”said Judge. “It is amazing to have the opportunity to play at Yankee Stadium. Tickets are sold out basically on a daily basis. It is a dream come true”.