TAMPA, Fla. – Last week, the Yankees awarded Luis Severino, one of his employees, a four-year contract guaranteeing a $ 40 million guarantee, thus freeing him from arbitration throughout the duration of the transaction.
On Monday, Dellin Betances, stud farmer, said his agent, Jim Murray, and chief executive, Brian Cashman, had raised a multi-year deal that would have prevented Betances from becoming a free agent at the end of the upcoming season. . This dialogue must continue.
So, did the Yankees contact Judge Aaron during the off season to find out if he was interested in a multi-year contract? He is eligible for arbitration after this season.
"No, nothing," the smiling judge told George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday, where he had participated in the Yankees' first spring training. "I am focused on the season. I did not hear anything. "
After signing Severino on Friday, Cashman explained the Yankees' thoughts on the extensions.
"In some cases we have approached some players. We are always open with the right people to do things where possible, "Cashman said. "We had conversations with some, not all. S & # 39; they lead to several years [deal], awesome. [Severino’s] made. Until now, some have failed. You have to be two to dance the tango. "
Like many Yankees, who won 100 games a year ago before losing against the Red Sox in the ALDS, the judge believes that the 2019 model is better than the 2018 due to better health and additions during the off season – without Manny Machado or Bryce. Harper.
"We won 100 games last year and many players were injured and beaten," said Judge, who missed the ball for more than six weeks due to a broken right wrist. "I just added [Adam] Ottavino, this is the guy I watched during the off-season and continued to pray, let the pressure on the trigger. He has bad things. [Zack] Britton too. I do not want to face this guy.
"Get [J.A.] Happ back, what a job he has done for us! Then when you add [Troy] Tulowitzki and [DJ] LaMahieu. ''
A year ago, the judge arrived in the spring to train without having beaten a bat because of an offseason surgery at the left shoulder. Last winter, Judge did not bother his wrist.
"One hundred percent healthy. It was the kind of thing I was looking forward to this off season. In fact, I had a normal off-season, "said Judge, who scored 27 homers and played 67 points in 112 games a year ago. "It was a difficult start for but this year, I took a few weeks off and worked on a few things I needed to work on, and that was good. ''
As for the wrist, the judge admitted to worrying about an injury that was to cost him three weeks and left him for more than double.
"During the off season, I was a little worried about it, but it's 100% and I have the impression that nothing has ever happened" said the judge.
Manager Aaron Boone said he could "flirt" with hitting the judge in first place, but the judge did not want to tackle this problem.
"I do not know, I'm not paid to make those decisions, I'm paid to play on the pitch, no matter where I'm beating, I'm beating," said Judge, who has a goal in a big league in the first rank, but did not start this game. "It's upstairs and in charge where I go."
As always, the expectations for the Yankees are that they win the World Series. This is certainly Judge's goal, and keeping him healthy for a full season – which has not been the case for the past two full years – has largely contributed to the determination of the Yankees.