Aaron Judge, Yankees strike $19 million deal to avoid hearing

Judge is in the midst of his best season, hitting .304 with 27 major league-leading home runs. The deal puts him on track to become a free agent after this year.

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $19 million contract, a deal that leaves the thug on track to become a free agent after the World Series.

In talks, which ended on opening day, the sides failed to agree on a long-term settlement, splitting the difference between proposed arbitration numbers they exchanged on March 22: $21 million from Judge and $17 million from dollars from the Yankees.

The judge may receive an additional $500,000 in award awards: $250,000 for MVP and $250,000 for World Series MVP.

The hitting outfielder is in the middle of what may be his best season, hitting .304 with 27 homers and 53 RBIs in the major leagues in 68 games. En route to his fourth All-Star selection in seven big league seasons, he hit a game-winning singles in a 7-6 win from behind over defending AL champion Houston.

Judge helped the Yankees set a major league record 52-18, New York’s best in 70 games since 1939 and the best of any big league team since the Seattle Mariners in 2001. He’s also a right-fielder switched to the Yankees’ primary midfielder.

An agreement was reached before the scheduled start of a zoom hearing in front of a three-person panel at noon.

Aside from contract and salary comparisons, no statistics or evidence was admissible after March 1, the time set when Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association approved the deal that ended the lockout.

Judge batted .287 with 39 homers and 98 RBIs last season.

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