The MLB regular season is more than half over. Aaron Judge is hitting for power and average once again. He has 21 HRs 47 RBIs and is batting .282. He's having a good year thus far and then on July 16th gets COVID along with 5 other Yankee teammates. He's expected back around July 25th/26th.
What bad timing as the Yankees played Boston recently in a critical 3-game series at Yankee Stadium and somewhat surprisingly took 2 out of 3 games and are now 7 games out of 1st place in the AL East.
What will the Yankees do with him contract-wise in the off season? Francisco Lindor who's 27, got a 10-year $341 million deal from the Mets. He's batting just .230 with 11 HRs and 36 RBIs. Tatis got a 14-year $340 million deal from the Padres and he's doing very well this year; 29 HRs 66 RBIs batting .295
Judge who's 28 is making $10.175 million and has one more year of arbitration before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
Judge's best year thus far was in 2017 when he hit 52 HRs and drove in 114 while hitting .284. That magical season he played in 115 games since then 2018 he played in 112 games and in 2019 he played in 102 due to various injuries.
So what's he worth and what will the Yankees do? If continues to do well this season he will get another raise in 2022 likely in the $15-$18 million range. Then in 2023 or before then barring injury the Yankees will sign him long-term, but he will be 31 in 2023. So a 5-6 year is more likely for big money, but how much?
Judge is an above average outfielder with a strong arm. He posses a most likeable personality. For sure he's a fan favorite. He's big (6' 7") yet humble.
Judge is on-track to join the big money makers if he continues to put up big numbers and stays healthy. The big question is how much is he worth? I say it's safe to $100-$125+ million over 5 years. I just say see the Yankees letting him walk away.