Former New York Yankees slugger Carlos Beltran appeared to indicate during the Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies game that the Yankees and Aaron Judge had agreed on an extension. Beltran, who played for the Yankees two and a half seasons, now works as Yankees announcer on YES Network.
“I’m just glad to see him being able to create this new contract with the New York Yankees and being able to extend his stay here in New York. … He’s a guy that plays the game hard and I bet the message has to be like, from Judge, the Yankees are willing to commit like that for so long.
And at the same time … they want to build around him. They understand he’s a leader, so I’m glad to see Aaron Judge increasing his stay here with the New York Yankees”. Soon after the comment, Beltran corrected himself and said he hoped the Yankees and Judge would reach a new deal.
“I just hope they can agree on a contract. … He’s a big part of this ball club. We’ll see what happens," Beltran added.
Judge refused to say anything negative about Beltran
“Carlos is my man,’’ Judge said after the Phillies game.
“I think he was just looking out, trying to have my back there”. Judge's self-imposed deadline of Opening Day remains as the slugger has made it clear he won't be negotiating an extension once the regular season behins.
“After Opening Day, like I said, I’ve got a job to do, I’ve got something to focus on and we’ll see you at the end of the year if it comes to that point,’’ Judge said. “I understand the business side of it, but when I come here, I have to do what I have to do on the field”.