Yankees: Players Who Will Be Screwed Out of Raises if 2020 MLB Season Doesn’t Happen
1. Aaron Judge
Who would’ve thought we’d be talking about Aaron Judge getting screwed out of money when he’s still not even ready to play baseball? Well, here we are. The former Rookie of the Year was slated to make $8.5 million this season, which was his first year of arbitration eligibility that came after playing a total of just 224 games across the last two campaigns. Just imagine what years 2 and 3 will bring if he’s able to stay healthy and swing a consistent bat. But that’s the problem! He once again will have a significantly shortened season under his belt even worse than the last, so he won’t have much of a case to earn a significant raise in 2021 (unless Rob Manfred enacts a 60-game season and Judge absolutely tears it up while appearing in all of them). Like Sanchez, Judge has been a force with his bat, producing 110 home runs and 246 RBI in just 396 career games and has two years of arb eligibility left. If he loses one of those years, it’ll obviously help him in terms of reaching free agency faster, but it’ll hurt his earnings for 2021. It’s not exactly great for an oft-injured player who will be a free agent entering his age-31 season.