Following the Yankees’ season-ending loss to the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card Game, Aaron Judge resolved his unpredictable future in the Bronx.
Judge, who can be a complimentary representative after the 2022 season, discussed whether this offseason is “crucial” to identifying his Yankees fate.
“I guess you can say that,” Judge informed press reporters. “I haven’t been asked that yet. I want to be a Yankee for life, I want to wear these pinstripes for the rest of my career and represent this great organization and bring a championship back to the city.
“You never ever understand what the future holds for you. That’s sort of out of my hands. All I can truly do is continue to appear here, continue to attempt to lead these men and offer all I can for this group and this city each and every single day. Whatever takes place on the other hand of that with agreements and this and that — getting traded — it runs out my control.
“All I know is I can control what I can, just continue to bring it, be a good teammate, and great leader for this team.”
Judge, 29, made $10.175 million this season and is due for a raise in 2022 in what is his last year of arbitration.
And if the Yankees do not sign him to an extension in between now and completion of next season, he’ll strike complimentary company in advance of what will be his age-31 season.
Judge, who played 148 video games throughout the routine season in 2021, slashed .287/.373/.544 with 39 homers in what was his finest efficiency given that 2017 as his health — which was a problem in current seasons — was mainly an afterthought.
In addition to Judge, the Yankees are dealing with a choice on the future of Gary Sanchez, who is likewise entering his last season of arbitration.