Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees failed to agree on an extension prior to Opening Day but Judge replacing the Yankees with the New York Mets will not happen, a source told The Post. Judge, who is considered as one of the best - if not the best outfielder - in the MLB, set Opening Day as the deadline for him and the Yankees to agree on a new extension.
Opening Day came and the two sides didn't reach an agreement on an extension. Judge is now set to play out the final year of his current contract and become a free agent in the offseason. The Mets love to spend big and some wondered if Judge could stay in New York but not with the Yankees.
“He wouldn’t do that to the Yankees,” one source told The Post.
Judge on failing to agree on an extension with the Yankees
"I'm just disappointed because I have been vocal about wanting to be a Yankee for life," Judge said.
"I want to bring a championship back to New York. I want to do it for the fans here. This is home for me. And I'm not getting that done right now. It stinks, but I got a job to do on the field. I got to shift my focus to that now and play some ball." The Yankees publicly revealed that Judge declined a seven-year, $213.5 million extension.
"I don't like talking numbers. I like to keep that private. Something I kind of felt like it was private between my team and the Yankees," Judge said. "I'm a ballplayer. [Cashman] has a job to do, and I can't control that. ... It didn't take me by surprise; there's nothing to get upset about.
It's business. It's a side of the sport that I love to play. In business, anything can happen, so you got to roll with it."