MLB insider comments on Judge Aaron’s courtroom boos

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The New York Yankees have certainly made a sincere effort to sign their star player, Aaron Judge, to a long-term contract extension before the start of the regular season.

A few weeks ago, the player himself had set a deadline at the start of the regular season to conclude an agreement: he does not want negotiations to distract him and impact his game.

That’s why the team and the player knew that if they didn’t agree by Friday noon, he would be testing free agency after the season.

And that’s what he’s going to do, since there was no agreement.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed the team offered Judge a seven-year, $213.5 million pact.

That would be on top of what he earns in 2022 (either $17 million or $21 million).

The projected average annual value of $30.5 million was actually a solid value, but the judge has every right to reject the offer and test the market if he wishes.

He wants nine years, guaranteed, and the Yankees have offered eight in total.

New Yorkers boo the judge

During the Yankees’ first two home series, the player heard boos.

He says it’s nothing new, but an MLB insider sides with him even though he acknowledges the Yankees made a competitive offer.

“The judge does not deserve boos. He has every right to set his contract demands wherever he wants (even if the Yankees made what seemed like a reasonable offer) and become a free agent,” MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted.

The judge was rather unproductive early on, batting for a .250 average with two runs, no homers or RBI, and a steal.

His OPS, before Tuesday’s game, was 0.646.

It’s too good to stay this cold for long.

The boos?

They should go as he happens, and people should be patient: Even if he hits free agency, his likely long-term destination is still the Bronx.

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