The Yankees defeated the Red Sox after failing to extend Aaron Judge

The inaugural day arrived in the Bronx on Friday, with the sunshine battering the shiny green lawn at Yankee Stadium. The Boston Red Sox might have flown over their hotel.

“It’s a special place,” their manager, Alex Cora, said before batting practice. “If you need your alarm clock to go off this morning – sorry.”

For the Yankees and Aaron Judge, the alarm sounded sad trombone. They finished the day happily, with a 6-5 victory over their lead third baseman, Josh Donaldson, in the 11th inning. The judge was on the deck to shake hands with Isiah Kinner-Faliifa, the home runner who was home from second base.

Today is the deadline for the judge to sign a contract extension before the off-season, when he is eligible for free agency. There were no last-minute stories; About two hours before the first pitch, general manager Brian Cashman said the stories were over, at least for now.

The Yankees, Cashman said, had presented to the judge their outfielders, a seven-year, $ 213.5 million contract that will begin in 2023. The judge, who turns 30 this month, said no.

“We intend to hold Aaron Judge as the New York Yankee as we move forward, and I know that he has intentions, which is a good thing,” Cashman said. “We’re obviously going to enter those efforts into a new arena, which is at the end of the season, when free agency begins. Maybe that will determine what its true market value is, because we believe in this. Can’t agree on stage.

The Yankees were relatively quiet in the off-season, often overlooking a strong free agent market. The idea was that the judge would be their extravagant, and if he signed the deal, it would be the second-largest deal given after the World Series, a $ 325 million deal with Cory Seager after 10 years.

The Yankees added two daily players, Donaldson and Conner-Fifa, two with Minnesota in trade, for Gary Sanchez and Geoff Arcella. They retained first baseman Anthony Rizzo and traded for reliever Miguel Castro, but otherwise fell short.

“In terms of getting the clock back, there is nothing for me to address,” Cashman said. “I feel that we’ve made improvements in many areas that we need to address, as well as that we still have the ability, if any, to change our mind, to retain the player that we maintain. Want to keep. “

There is no rule prohibiting the Yankees from continuing their negotiations with a judge. The final limitation was his strategy, and the judge removed it late in the spring training. The Yankees, Cashman said, will be ready to continue talking.

“I respect his position,” Cashman said. “But I would never refuse, if the opportunity exists, to review things over time. I mean, he’s a good player, from my end, to being stubborn and saying, ‘No, no, we’re not going to talk now.’ If any party has anything to arrange or count on, I am open to it all the time.

Cashman said he didn’t know the Yankees would make the same offer after the season. It could be more or less, depending on what happens next. The threat has now been transferred to the judge.

Some players have bet on themselves and come forward. Max Scherzer once rejected $ 144 million worth of contract extension theater and then received $ 210 million in free agency from Washington. Then again, others lost their bet, such as Juan Gonzalez, who also rejected a $ 140 million offer from the Tigers, and was injured after earning $ 46 million for the remainder of his career.

The Yankees and the judges have not yet settled on a salary for 2022; They are set to weigh the arbitration to determine whether the judge will receive $ 21 million, as he requested, or the Yankees’ $ 17 million offer.

“Just being in the dialogue with the extension was a blessing,” the judge said. “Never in my life did I think I would get this opportunity. This is not something that is guaranteed. The idea of ​​just going down that road with the Yankees is something special. I know I was guaranteed last year. It was a mediocre year, and this is what I’m going to focus on. I’ve got a year to play and the contract extension is good, but I have big things to focus on.

It is difficult to predict how old a judge will be, as there has never been a player to use his stature as a basis for competition. Judge Baseball is the only position player in the history of baseball, weighing at least 6 feet 7 inches and 275 pounds.

Adam Dean was close, an inch shorter and slightly heavier than the judge. A dependable 40-homer hitter by the age of 30, Dean wasn’t well and was exhausted before his 35th birthday. Better competition is Judge’s teammate, Giancarlo Stanton, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds and is signed at the age of 37.

The Yankees accepted the deal (with some salary relief) after trading with Miami in the 2017 season. It was natural for them to judge Judge Stanton, who is about eight and a half years old. But was he smart?

Stanton, who rifled a homer in the first row of right field seats on Friday, has two healthy seasons in New York, and two cuts short of injuries. The judge follows a similar pattern: He was as durable as a rookie and again last season, but lost 37 percent of the Yankees’ games in three years.

This season, the judge may be forced to miss the Yankees’ games in Toronto. Only players will be allowed to enter the vaccine against the coronavirus in Canada, and the judge is fooled about his vaccination status. Cashman will not say what role, if any, he has played in the negotiations.

When the Red Sox signed infielder Trevor Store last month (six years, $ 140 million), they bet they got the vaccine. This is a reasonable request for a player in a team game – especially for a star who is strong in the clubhouse, such as the Yankees with a judge.

“He’s the ultimate team,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He is probably the biggest leader in the room and he is a wonderful player who wants to go out and be great and he wants nothing more than to be a part of the Championship club. There is no doubt in my mind that the outcome. Whatever the case, Aaron will not change the way he goes about things.

Boone was speaking before the game, shortly after the judge met with reporters through his locker. He now has a place at the far end of the clubhouse, in the middle of an empty stall and in the entrance to the out-of-bounds area. It is a symbol of the judge’s status, given by the clubhouse manager, Rob Cucuzza. Previous occupants include George Posada, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner.

“I talked to the guard a little bit about it – he said, ‘Take care of it,'” the judge said. “It’s an incredible honor. I actually talked to Robbie about it. He asked if I wanted to be down here. I said, ‘I just admire him because you think I’m entitled to be down here. , It means a lot. ‘ Hopefully I will put this locker down well. “

This can be a short-term rental.

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