Cashman: Yanks 'not going to talk' publicly about extension with Judge
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is done talking with the media about the state of negotiations between New York's front office and star outfielder Aaron Judge.
"We're not going to talk about it now going forward. Whether that means we're not going to talk, I'm not saying that, but we're not going to talk about it (publicly). But he's been great. But that's no surprise, because he is great," Cashman said Wednesday, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Judge, who's eligible to test free agency after this season, turned down a seven-year, $213.5-million extension in early April. He was reportedly seeking at least a nine-year contract worth more than $30.5 million annually. Cashman said at the time the two sides would attempt to work out a deal when the 2022 campaign ended after the three-time All-Star set an Opening Day deadline.
The 30-year-old slugger is off to an MVP-type start, slashing .290/.346/.626 while leading the majors with 10 homers in 28 games. His hot bat has propelled the Yankees to the best record in baseball at 21-8.
Meanwhile, Cashman is pleased with New York's performance but isn't getting too ahead of himself.
"I just see it as a nice start so far. Nothing more than that. We always felt we had the capability of a really good team. And now it's time to test those theories," the executive said.
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