Aaron Judge ended his season by saying he wanted “to be a Yankee for life.”
Brian Cashman said Wednesday he had not spoken to Judge’s agent about a potential contract extension before his final year of arbitration, one season away from free agency.
Judge reiterated a desire to remain a Yankee for the rest of his career Thursday, saying in an online Q&A with Fanatics, “that would be a wish of mine, a goal of mine, to finish my career as a Yankee, but you never know what the cards hold. If it was up to me, I’d’ be a Yankee for the next 10 years, for sure.”
Judge turns 30 in April and after dealing with numerous injuries in the previous three seasons, had his most productive season in 2021 since his rookie year, with 39 homers, 98 RBIs in 148 games — all trailing only that 2017 season.
The Yankees don’t typically extend players before free agency, but Cashman said Judge is “a special player, so it’s definitely a special case.”
Aaron Hicks and Luis Severino were signed to extensions prior to the 2019 season and neither has worked out, as both Hicks and Severino have been sidelined with injuries for most of the time since getting the new deals.