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Derek Jeter: Credit to Yankees’ Aaron Judge for Betting on Himself in Contract Year

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NY Yankees legend Derek Jeter complimented Aaron Judge for nearly certainly playing his way right into a sizable paycheck this winter.

Jeter said on the “KayRod Cast” feed of Sunday’s game between your Yankees and Red Sox that “you’ve gotta give [Judge] credit” for betting on himself pertaining to his next contract:

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.@derekjeter on @TheJudge44

“What Aaron [Judge] has had the opportunity to get this done year … in a free of charge agent year when all eyes are you … He’s betting on himself, you’ve gotta give him credit for that” pic.twitter.com/X6U8vYofKh

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed in April the team had tabled a seven-year, $213.5 million extension to guage.

Judge’s annual salary ($30.5 million) would’ve ranked 13th in MLB and only looked worse as bigger contracts are passed out on the next couple of years. From that perspective, his stance at the negotiating table was understandable.

Simultaneously, the four-time All-Star turned 30 in April, has battled injuries during the last couple of years and is really a tiny physical anomaly (6’7″, 282 pounds). Prior to the year opened, it wasn’t a formality he’d command a lot more than the Yankees were ready to offer.

Judge has proceeded to create his skeptics look foolish. Through 110 games, he’s leading the majors in home runs (46), RBI (100), slugging percentage (.684) and OPS (1.086). His 7.5 WAR ranks first among position players on FanGraphs.

There’s still some long-term risk in giving the imposing slugger a deal reaching seven years or even more. Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols are two of the newer types of how Hall of Fame hitters can fall off a cliff if they hit their late 30s.

But Judge reaches least in line to create a lot more than what the Bronx Bombers were ready to give him, so his gamble should yield a wholesome return.

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