Judge: 'A goal of mine' to be Yank for life

November 13th, 2021

NEW YORK -- has been consistent in his desire to wear the Yankees’ pinstripes for the rest of his career, though the Silver Slugger recipient acknowledges: “You never know what the cards hold.”

Judge, who scored his second career Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, participated in an online Q&A with Fanatics, during which he reaffirmed his hope for many more years in New York. Judge is in his final year of arbitration eligibility and could be a free agent in 2023.

“That would be a wish of mine, a goal of mine, to finish my career as a Yankee,” Judge said. “If it was up to me, I would be a Yankee for the next 10 years, for sure.”

At the GM Meetings this week in Carlsbad, Calif., Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he had not yet spoken to Judge’s camp about a potential contract extension.

“He’s a special player, so it’s definitely a special case,” Cashman said. “I just can’t predict or tell you how it plays out and what happens next, but I just know we’re happy we have him right now, no doubt about it.”

The Yankees typically do not extend players before they reach free agency. Two of their recent endeavors in that arena -- outfielder Aaron Hicks and right-hander Luis Severino -- have not worked out well. Hicks and Severino received extensions before the 2019 season but have been injured for most of the past three years.

Judge, who turns 30 in April, earned $10.175 million this past season. He led the club in many offensive categories, including batting average (.287), on-base percentage (.373), slugging percentage (.544), runs (89), home runs (39) and walks (75). He tied for the club lead in doubles (24) and received a Fielding Bible Award as the game’s top defensive right fielder.

“There’s no other place I really ever want to play, just based on how the fans have brought me in, embraced me and treated me as one of their own,” Judge said. “It’s incredible, getting a chance to play at Yankee Stadium, that place every night basically being sold out, the fans always having your back. It’s a dream come true.”