“Time to focus on winning”: Aaron Judge undertakes a thrilling $19 million to avoid arbitration  

Aaron Judge is happy that he and the Yankees were able to agree on a deal to avoid arbitration.

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

Friday afternoon’s MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports proved to be quite a celebration for Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees as Judge agreed to a $19 million deal to avoid an arbitration hearing. A day before the arbitration hearing, Aaron Judge was one of the core reasons of celebrates the New York Yankees’ 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros.

Aaron Judge had two consecutive days where he had to fight hard, one with the bat and one with a pen, he proved to be working to assist the New York Yankees. In an interview after the Yankees’ 3-1 loss to Houston, Judge said that he was relieved to have the matter settled. We feel after the match on Thursday, Judge did have a change of heart that he agreed to undertake a $19 Million deal despite he offered the management to pay him a swooping $21 Million.

ESPN’s Buster Olney initially reported that the Yankee gladiator turned down the team’s settlement offer. Mark Feinsand added in his report that Judge can earn an additional $250,000 by winning American League MVP and/or World Series MVP.

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Aaron Judge agrees to Yankees’ $19 Million offer, a day before arbitration

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

“Now we can get back to focusing on baseball games and trying to bring a championship back here to New York,” Aaron Judge said. “I’m glad we were able to get through that process. It took a little longer than expected, but thankfully we’re past it. Time to focus on winning some games.”

Prior to the start of this season, Judge reportedly turned down a $213.5 million contract offer from the New York Yankees, which inaugurated him to test free agency this offseason. He’s in the midst of his best season in the majors after getting off to a red-hot start to the year.

“I’m pleased getting that news today,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before Friday’s game. “I was excited about it. I spoke to him briefly on the phone a couple of hours ago. I’m excited that’s behind us and we can leave that portion of the show alone.”

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Judge leads MLB with 27 home runs while batting .304 and notching 53 RBI. With the AL MVP frontrunner in their line-up, the Yankees lead the majors with a 52-18 record. Judge has said that he does not believe his contract situation has impacted his play.

“I’m not really motivated by that kind of stuff,” Aaron Judge explained. “I’m more motivated by the type of team we’ve got, the special talent we have here and the opportunity we have ahead of us. I try to just keep focusing on that, and it makes it pretty easy to block this other stuff with the business side out.”

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