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.

JP Crawford Is On His Way To A Second Gold Glove & Possibly His First Taste Of MLB Playoff Life

JP Crawford Is On His Way To A Second Gold Glove & Possibly His First Taste Of MLB Playoff Life

As the 2021 season is coming to an end, one player is out here balling and showing why he’s one of the best in the game.

That player is our fellow MLBbro J.P. Crawford. Crawford has been tearing up lately and he’s been a big reason why the Seattle Mariners are still in the playoff hunt.

He continues to show why he’s a Gold Glove winner and he’s on the verge of winning his second straight Gold Glove award. Crawford is a competitor and always wants to put his team in the best position to win games.

And he can do just that on the field and at the plate. 

 

On Tuesday, September 21st, the Mariners were playing in a must-win game against the Oakland Athletics, and Crawford made a big-time play. During the game, he made a diving stop at short to throw at a runner to end the inning. For some, it may have seemed like a tremendous play, but for Crawford, it was another play because that is something he does consistently.

“He lays out, gets up and throws an absolute dart across the field,” manager Scott Servais said. “That ball should’ve never been close. He’s got that kind of defensive ability.”

Not too long later, he made another diving play which he made look effortless. He just brings that swag to the game and makes those difficult plays look easy.

“It’s just something you just react to,” Crawford said after the game against the Athletics. “You just try to judge whether it’s gonna be an in-between hop or a long hop. So many thoughts can go through your head in such a short amount of time to where you just react to the ball. You just don’t think about stuff like that. You just make the play.”

While he’s been out here making plays on the field, his bat has been electric. During his last seven games, he’s hit .364 while slugging .545. He’s hit one home run with four RBI during that span. As of September 27th, he’s been on a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

J.P. Crawford Continues His Rise Up The Shortstop Ranks

 

Throughout his career, Crawford has always displayed his athleticism on the field and that’s a big reason why he’s one of the best in the game. His teammates have certainly taken notice of his abilities and they know that the sky’s the limit for him.

“J.P. Crawford, man, I feel like every night it’s something special with him,” teammate Marc Gonzales said. “He should just have his name etched on it right now. The guy’s special. We call them ‘the unicorn’ for a reason. He just does it all. I hope everyone appreciates him as much as I do.”

“There’s a lot of really good shortstops in the American League, but nobody flashes the leather like J.P.,” Servais said. “It’s just the range, the athleticism and his ability to finish plays. He’s a Gold Glover if I’ve ever seen one. There’s no question about that.”

The 26-year-old is looking for his first playoff appearance and the Mariners are fighting for that Wild Card spot in the American League. J.P. Crawford is a name that people in baseball will be talking about for years to come.

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Tim Anderson and Tyrone Taylor are two MLBros with multi-homer games on Thursday. TA7 went 3-for-4 with two bombs in a 7-2 White Sox win over the Cleveland Guardians. Milwaukee’s 27-year-old rookie Taylor also had a day with two homers and 5 RBI, including a grand slam in the first inning.

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Marcus Semien hit another blast last night for his 41st homer of the season. Semien has joined some exclusive company and sits just three homers from breaking the all-time single season record for second baseman.

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Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien hit his 40th homer last night in a 6-2 Toronto win, leaving him three shy of trying Davey Johnson’s season record of 43 homers by a second baseman.