Judge Aaron says he is looking forward to an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees

Scheduled Tribes Petersburg, Fla. – Aaron Judge’s three-member arbitration panel, simply “wearing a nice suit” and “introducing himself and sitting down”, debated whether the New York Yankees should pay their All-Star outfielder a 21 million salary. He believes he deserves this season.

The hearing is set for Friday, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

“I’m looking forward to it,” the judge said Tuesday afternoon before the Yankees’ game against Tampa Bay Ray at Tropicana Field, although he did not confirm the day. “There are people in my agency, past players who went through this process, they said they hated it. And then the other people who went through it said it was really nice to hear about it. [yourself],

The last Yankees player to go to arbitration was reliever Dalein Battens in 2017, the judge’s record-setting rookie of the year season. An arbitration panel ruled in favor of the club, and Bettens was open with his colleagues about the feud in the hearing room.

,[Betances] Just didn’t like how the process went. … They gave a lot to this organization, the numbers they kept for a few years, even though they were not close, they did a lot of special things and maybe they wanted to change it, but it didn’t happen. That shouldn’t happen, the judge said. “It may be hard, but for me it’s simple and easy. I love this team, I love this organization and everything, but it has a business side that I sometimes don’t like, I don’t think a lot of people like it, I think Not that the team likes it [either] You have to go through that and then you move on. “

Manager Aaron Boone praised how the judges handled themselves through the process, which did not affect his popularity or performance. Earlier on Tuesday, the MLB announced the first results of the All-Star poll, with judges leading all players with 1,512,368 votes. The Yankees will be the first judges to lead the vote for the All-Star Game since Alex Rodriguez in 2008.

The judge’s 25 home runs this season are the highest ever and he became the third player (fourth) in franchise history to score at least 25 home runs in the Yankees’ first 62 games, including the Babe. Ruth (28 in 1928 and 26 in 1930) and Mickey Mantle (27 in 1956).

“No matter what happens there, I know what Aaron’s focus is and what he wants to achieve, and I don’t expect anything to get in his way,” Boone said. “He’s a great player, of course, but he’s a really good guy who can handle everything that comes his way through stardom, in the face of the game. To be one, to be a New York Yankee. The things that happen or inevitably come to the fore, in this case the terms of the agreement and the arbitration and all that he is fully equipped to handle and does not affect what he does.

As the season began, the judges expressed frustration at not finalizing the extension of their long-term contract with the Yankees, with the club he has repeatedly said he wants to spend the rest of his major league career. The judge granted an extension for the opening day to prevent him from hitting the free agency. But no agreement was reached between him and the Yankees, with general manager Brian Cashman saying the team had been offered a seven-year, $ 213.5 million extension, which he added to the $ 17 million he paid in arbitration this season. So the value of the package would be just over $ 230 million.

The judge rejected Cashman’s rare move to publicly disclose the terms of the Yankees’ offer and described baseball as the commercial side, which he echoed Tuesday. The release of specific figures by Cashman was something that did not sit well with the Yankees clubhouse, sources told ESPN.

The parties will hold a hearing via video conferencing until a decision is reached, which cannot be ruled out altogether, although the judge said he would not negotiate an extension of the contract at the end of the season. The Yankees set an example in 2019, when pitcher Luis Severino agreed to a four-year, $ 40 million extension shortly before his arbitration hearing.

The judge said his focus was on winning the game.

“We are the best team in the league. That’s what I have in mind, “he said. “With these people here and what we’ve been doing for the last few months, it’s become much easier to focus on playing baseball. I can delve into contract material or arbitration material, but don’t need to. That’s what I have for agents. “

Aroldis Chapman Update

Yankees close Aroldis Chapman, who has been on the injured list since May 24 with left Achilles tendonitis, threw a live batting practice session at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa on Tuesday. Injuries seem to have hampered him this season, especially in his last five games, in which he posted an ERA of 14.73 with 6 runs scored in 3 2/3 innings.

From 9 April to 18 June (31 1/3 innings pitch), crossing the 28-game stretch of Mariano Rivera, Clay Holmes stunned in close play, making no runs in 29 consecutive relief appearances from 9 April to 18 June. Yankees pitcher’s biggest scoreless streak in franchise history.

Asked by Holmes if he thought he had lost the role, Chapman said he didn’t focus on it.

“I don’t think so,” said Chapman. “When I entered the major leagues, they gave me a chance to close and I took advantage of that. A lot of that is happening [Holmes]I’m trying to come back, healthy, [to] Help the team in any role. He is doing a great job right now and he deserves the role he deserves. “

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