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Cashman spoke to reporters Wednesday before the Yankees took on Toronto in a matinée at the stadium. He said he wasn’t going to talk about progress in their extension talks with Judge.
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees follows through on his ninth inning game winning three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 10, 2022 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 6-5. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
“We’re not going to talk about it now going forward. 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,” he said, via The Athletic.
The two sides had set an opening day deadline to get a deal done, but negotiations never yielded the deal either side was hoping for.
Cashman told reporters last month the team offered the Yankees slugger an eight-year contract worth between $230.5 million and $234.5 million, the difference to have been determined in arbitration for this year’s salary.
Brian Cashman, general manager and senior vice president of the New York Yankees, announces that the team failed to secure a multi-year deal with right fielder Aaron Judge (99) before their opening day baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, April 8, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Judge’s reps were seeking a nine-year deal and more than Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout makes annually. The sought-after deal would reportedly have been somewhere around $319.6 million in total. Trout makes about $35.5 million annually. He signed a 12-year, $426.5 million deal in 2019. Judge could become a free agent in November.
The outfielder said in April he was disappointed a deal couldn’t get done.
“I’m just disappointed because I think I’ve been vocal about I want to be a Yankee for life. I want to bring a championship back to New York. I want to do it for the fans here. They’re family. This is home for me, and not getting that done right now, it stinks,” he said.
“At the end of the year, I’m a free agent. I can talk to 30 teams, and the Yankees will be one of those 30 teams. So, it’s always nice to try to wrap something up sooner, the better. But like I said, we weren’t able to get it done, and now it’s on the baseball.”
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees looks on during their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 11, 2022 in New York City. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Judge’s homer on Tuesday was his 10th of the season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.