New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is assuring fans that he will do whatever he can to re-sign All-Star Aaron Judge.
“We know where we are,” Steinbrenner said Tuesday about the Yankees’ overall payroll as it relates to Judge’s future speaking at owner meetings in midtown Manhattan, every Knitting Martin of the New York Post. “I can tell you, that won’t stop us.”
Judge waste offered a seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension from the Yankees before the season and was a free agent eligible to sign any team.
Steinbrenner confirmed In a recent interview, he and Judge engaged in “very active conversations” after the campaign and said on Tuesday he and the 30-year-old had a one-on-one chat. at some point after the Yankees were wiped out by the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series last month.
Additionally, Steinbrenner said he’s told Judge the Yankees could pay the AL’s Most Valuable Player in 2022 “and still have the money to do other things” but such discussions are contingent into the full number Judge has in mind about his contract.
“Obviously, I wouldn’t be in a position – I couldn’t be in a position – to see players start to leave the board. [in free agency] and the transaction starts to be done [without a deal for Judge], and he understands that,” Steinbrenner added about the agency freelancing process. “We touched on this topic a bit. Both sides will really work on this and do what they can to make it happen.”
Steinbrenner made his remarks the same day as reports emerged claiming that the Yankees are re-signing slugger Anthony Rizzo on a multi-year deal that includes a club option for 2025.
Ahead of Tuesday’s developments, Steinbrenner let it be known The Yankees could name captain Judge if the four-time All-Star selection still goes to the club.