The New York Yankees and their star player Aaron Judge reached agreement on a contract for the 2022 season on Friday, avoiding arbitration, the hearing of which was scheduled for later in the day.
According to information from the New York Post, the outfielder will receive a salary of $ 19 million, he who asked $ 21 million in arbitration, while the Yankees offered 17. Judge had also refused a seven-year contract extension, a worth $213.5 million, before the start of the season.
This agreement allows the Bronx Bombers and Judge to resume conversations for a long-term agreement, since the 30-year-old athlete could still become free as air at the end of the campaign.
Judge will undoubtedly break the bank with his next contract, as he currently leads major league baseball in several offensive categories, including homers (27) and runs scored (58). He also had a stellar .304 batting average and drove in 53 runs, making him a strong contender for the American League Most Valuable Player trophy. Such an honor would earn him an additional $250,000, just like winning the title of World Series Most Valuable Player.