Report: Yankees bring back Judge with 9-year, $360M deal
Aaron Judge has rendered his verdict.
The pact is pending a physical.
The commitment is the largest ever to one player by the Yankees, surpassing the $324-million contract Gerrit Cole signed prior to the 2020 season.
The 30-year-old is taking home an additional $146.5 million after he rejected a $213.5-million deal from the Yankees before the 2022 campaign began.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman praised managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, calling him the "Mariano Rivera" of the negotiations for closing out the deal, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
After turning down New York's offer last April, Judge put together a historic campaign, breaking the American League's single-season home run record and nearly winning a Triple Crown.
Judge's 2022 stats
Judge has spent his entire seven-year career with the Yankees, hitting .284/.394/.583 with 220 homers and 40 stolen bases in 729 games while primarily playing right field.
New York is also planning to accelerate other free-agent pursuits for left-hander Carlos Rodon and outfielder Andrew Benintendi, according to Rosenthal and The Athletic's Dennis Lin. They also had interest in Japanese star Masataka Yoshida before he reportedly signed with the Boston Red Sox.