Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner Willing to Consider Aaron Judge Contract Extension


The New York Yankees will play the New York Yankees on November 17, 2021.

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The Yankees don't want Judge to go to free agency, but he is entering the final year of his contract.

Hal Steinbrenner told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that he's willing to consider signing Judge to a contract extension. Steinbrenner acknowledged Judge's impact on the franchise, but noted that there have been no long-term talks.

He is a great Yankee. He is one of the faces of the franchise. He is a great leader and in the club. It is something I am willing to discuss with Brian Cashman. But nothing formal has happened yet.

Judge slashed.287/.373/.544 with 39 home runs and 98 runs scored in his first year as a starter. His totals were his highest since his freshman season.

In Judge's five full major league seasons, the Yankees have made the playoffs. Since 2009, New York has not advanced to the World Series. The team failed to find any consistency and was bounced from the playoffs by the Boston Red Sox.

Judge wants to stay in New York. The 29-year-old outfielder said during a Q&A with Fanatics Live last week that he would like to finish his career as a Yankee, but you never know. I would be a Yankee for the next 10 years if it was up to me.

New York has a long history of big money deals. Since 2001, it hasn't retained one of its own players with a large extension.

The Yankees have a lot of holes to fill in free agency after signing manager Aaron Boone to a new three-year deal. Cashman said that the area of need was the shortstop. The team will probably seek improvements to its starting pitching rotation.