Things have taken another significant shift across the league with the Los Angeles Dodgers working out a massive new contract with star outfielder Mookie Betts. That has seen another shockwave toward the next group of players that are line to receive massive paydays soon. Among those will be Aaron Judge as he should see a considerable contract coming his way to remain with the New York Yankees for the long haul.
Mookie Betts nearing record-breaking deal with Dodgers
Since the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts last February, there had been many questions about his long-term future.
Betts continued to toe the line of staying focused on the 2020 season and not beyond that into his potential free agency. That chatter has finally ceased with the Dodgers taking the initiative to hammer out the long-term extension that the 27-year-old has been eyeing for quite some time with a reported 13-year deal that exceeds $380 million.
That keeps Betts with Los Angeles throughout his career’s remaining prime and allows the team to build around him for the next decade-plus. Despite his struggles in the 2019 season, he has developed into one of the game’s best all-around talents as he has a stacked resume through his first few seasons in the league.
Betts has garnered an AL MVP award, four All-Star selections, three Silver Slugger Awards, four Gold Glove honors, and won the 2018 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Beyond that, his new contract also means a hefty payday ahead for another elite player.
Mookie Bett’s deal means more money for Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge has quickly emerged as one of the game’s best players through his first few years in the majors.
The 28-year-old has become one of the most-fear hitters that is a core piece to the Yankees’ bright future ahead. In the last three full seasons, Judge has earned a pair of All-Star selections, AL Rookie of the Year honors, a Silver Slugger award, and a Wilson Defensive Player o the Year award. He broke several impressive records, such as being the first player to tally 45 home runs, 100 RBI, and 100 runs scored.
Although Judge has struggled with injuries in the last two seasons, he has cemented himself as a pivotal piece to the franchise’s future as Mookie Betts has for the Dodgers. His contractual situation features him playing for $8.5 million for the 2020 season after settling in arbitration with the Yankees. He has two more years of negotiating in arbitration with the team and could hit the free-agent market in 2023.
Will the Yankees wind up going that route?
The focus shifts over the Yankees’ handling of the entire situation as Aaron Judge has done more than enough to garner a new lucrative deal.
Throughout their history, New York has shown that they have no hesitation in handing out massive deals when the situation calls for it. The front office just did that with Gerrit Cole’s nine-year, $324 million deal and took on the remainder of Giancarlo Stanton’s massive contract. Before that, the team worked out massive extensions with many other star players such as Derek Jetter, CC Sabathia, and Alex Rodriguez.
The Yankees have never been afraid to work out deals that many other franchises would stray away entirely.
If anything, the Yankees now know the type of contract parameters it will take to secure Judge to a long-term deal. It will mean a massive payday ahead for the star outfielder that could put him in the same territory as Mookie Betts for the next decade-plus ahead.