Aaron Judge’s Sensational Season Has Earned Him A Huge Pay Day | It’s Up To The Yankees If They Want To Make Him A $250M Man

Aaron Judge’s Sensational Season Has Earned Him A Huge Pay Day | It’s Up To The Yankees If They Want To Make Him A $250M Man

Aaron Judge put the ball in the New York Yankees’ court this season, and with his contract set to expire soon, it’s time for them to cash him out with a major deal. Judge has had a special 2021 season and in doing so has put the Yankees’ front office on notice: It’s time for them to pay up.

You saw Judge’s worth Tuesday night when he hit a game-tying home run against the Toronto Blue Jays to start a big three-game series. He’s had a ton of big hits this season.

And best of all, for the most part, Judge finally avoided the injury bug after being hampered by it over the last few years.  He matched his career-high for batting average and doubles while also having the second-highest total of home runs, total bases, RBI, and runs scored in his career.

It’s not hard to tell Judge’s impact on the Yankee roster when you look at their stat sheet, because he leads in nearly every category.  No player has played in more games, recorded more hits, hit more doubles or home runs has a higher on-base percentage, slugging percentage or OPS, and higher WAR than him.  The only player that comes close in a few categories is Giancarlo Stanton, and he himself has been one of the best hitters in baseball during the second half of the season.

Judge started the third All-Star Game of his career this season, yet has never made much over $10,000,000 in any season.  This summer, he is scheduled to go through arbitration and in 2023, he’ll officially be a free agent.

“The ball is kind of in their court,” said Judge to reporters.  “I am just a player.  I just do my job every day.  I am not going to go running to anybody to say “Let’s talk about this.”  That’s their job to do, that’s what they get paid for.  I’m getting paid to be out there on the field.”

Well, Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman, it’s time to do your job and pay Judge what he is owed.

With multiple big-money shortstops on the market this off-season, I have no doubts that the Yankees will open their checkbook to acquire one of them, but why not do the same for the guy that has been holding your lineup down since the retirement of Derek Jeter?

Judge will be 30 by the time he hits free agency, so a deal similar to that of Fernando Tatis’ (14-year $330M) may not be best for New York’s sake, but something along the lines of $150-$200 million for at least a three or four-year span may be what it takes to make him a Yankee for life.

Before this season, Judge was ranked as the 21st best player in the Majors according to MLB Network.  Fast forward to September 2021 and I guarantee you cannot show me even 10 players that you would rather have on your roster over him.  He’s going to finish in the Top 5 in the American League in MVP voting and might have been able to make his case for winning the award if not for the seasons of Shohei Ohtani and Vlad Guerrero Jr.

Judge has the opportunity to show Yankees Nation he is with all the smoke that comes with October baseball.  If he is able to carry the Yankees into the postseason and on a run for the World Series title, their front office is going to have to hand him a  pen and a blank check.

Aaron Judge Is A Legit MVP Candidate | Don’t Sleep !

Aaron Judge Is A Legit MVP Candidate | Don’t Sleep !

From starting in his third career All-Star Game to showing up on baseball’s biggest stages this season, Aaron Judge has done everything in his power to prove he belongs in the conversation for the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

 


If it wasn’t for Tim Anderson’s walk-off home run into an Iowa cornfield this past Thursday, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge would have been the topic of conversation after Major League Baseball’s first ever “Field of Dreams” game  — which saw four home runs hit by MLBbros.

Judge invigorated the Yankees dugout after hitting his second home run of the game, a two-run shot that cut the White Sox lead to 7-6 before Giancarlo Stanton’s homer later that inning would give them the lead.

 


Then came this past Saturday night: If you have been living under a rock, you should know that the White Sox now run the Windy City, and with the team on the North side in rebuild mode, they have become the city’s main attraction.

Fans have packed the park in almost every game since the All-Star break.

That made for a hostile environment in the second game of the series between the Yankees and Sox, but it didn’t phase the unflappably Judge showed who came up colossal once again.

He smoked an 8th-inning fastball 114 MPH over the center field wall for a go-ahead homer in a game the Bronx Bombers would win in extras.

 


That made three home runs in two games for Judge, who ended the weekend by showing off his batter’s yes, also drawing three walks and swiping a bag. 

The Yankees have failed to meet lofty expectations this season, but it isn’t Judge’s fault.

The 2018 AL Rookie of The Year has hit 26 home runs, driven in 63 runs, has a .289 batting average and an OPS of .902. 

In a season where injuries and COVID issues have ravaged the Yankees, Judge has been the main constant on the field and deserves some respect.

Just a little over five years ago to today, Judge along with teammate Tyler Austin hit back-to-back home runs in their first Major League at bats.


Since then, Judge hasn’t lacked in power or in the ability to give Yankee fans a show.

Among MLB outfielders, Judge is tied for first in home runs, sits third in OPS and slugging percentage, fifth in batting average and second in WAR behind 20/20 club member Cedric Mullins.

 


After many thought this would turn out to be a wasted season in the Empire State, the Yankees have stormed back in the standings over the last month as they are now just 5.5 games behind the Rays for first place in the American League East and just 2.5 games back of a spot in the Wild Card play in game.

 

Over the last month Judge is batting .286 with nine home runs, 23 RBI and 18 runs scored.

Judge will get to continue his MVP campaign as well as cut into the Red Sox lead in the AL East standings as they are scheduled to clash three times this week.