New York Yankees: Aaron Judge just got a 1142.15% raise

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees stands on base in the third inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on October 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees stands on base in the third inning of game two of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on October 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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The New York Yankees settled with 9 players at the arbitration deadline. One of them, Aaron Judge, got a tremendous pay bump… and earned every penny.

The New York Yankees were one of the busiest teams today as the arbitration deadline came and went. In all, nine players received new 1-year deals, including Aaron Judge, who got a 1142.15% raise.

That’s right, 1142.15%.

Last season, Judge made $684,300, so he wasn’t crying poor, but it was much closer to the league minimum than the deal he just got. According to Mark Feinsand, the Yankees and Judge avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1-year, $8.5M deal.

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Based on how players are getting paid today, I’m sure the Yankees are glad to only have to pay that much for a player who can bash 40+ homers, get on-base 40% of the time, and slug well over .500 in any given season.

Some other players that received deals today include…

  1. Chad Green – unknown
  2. Gary Sanchez – $5M
  3. Giovanny Urshela – $2.475M
  4. James Paxton – $12.5M
  5. Jonathan Holder – $750K
  6. Jordan Montgomery – unknown
  7. Luis Cessa – $895K
  8. Tommy Kahnle – $2.65M

In all, the team will have spent over $25 today, even though you can argue half of the guys are perennial All-Stars. This dollar amount happens to fall behind teams like the…

  • Boston Red Sox – $46M
  • Oakland Athletics – $36M
  • Chicago Cubs – $34M
  • Chicago White Sox – $30M
  • New York Mets – $26M

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Entering the 2020 MLB season, the New York Yankees will look to secure the organization’s 28th world title. In all the team has spent hundreds of millions of dollars this offseason to build a juggernaut.  It safely reestablishes the team as the Evil Empire again and returns the team to the level of championship or bust.