New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has made it clear that the Yankees don't plan on speaking publicly about a potential Aaron Judge extension during the season. Before the season started, Judge self imposed Opening Day as the deadline for him and the Yankees to reach an agreement on an extension.
Judge made it clear he would not negotiate a contract extension during the season and the Yankees did make an offer before the season started. Unfortunately for the Yankees and their fans, Judge turned down an eight-year, $230.5 million extension.
Judge is off to an outstanding start to the 2022 season and his gamble appears to be paying off. “We’re not going to talk about it now going forward,” Cashman said, per The Athletic. “Whether that means we’re not going to talk, I’m not saying that, but we’re not going to talk about it [publicly].
But he’s been great. But that’s no surprise, because he is great”.
Judge to hit free agency after the season ends
After Judge and the Yankees failed to agree on an extension, Judge suggested the Yankees could still re-sign him in the offseason but could also other 29 teams.
"Every day is a gamble," Judge said. "Very few people get this opportunity to talk about an extension. So me getting this opportunity is something special, and I appreciate the Yankees wanting to do that. But I don't mind going to free agency.
I'm not really going to look at all the negatives. I will just focus on what I need to do on the field and everything else will take care of itself. At the end of the year, I'm a free agent -- will talk to 30 teams, and the Yankees will be one of those 30 teams.
It's always nice to try to wrap something up sooner, the better. But we weren't able to get it done and it's on to baseball."