The Yankees still haven’t given Aaron Boone a contract extension. Why?
If there was one consistent sentiment for the New York Yankees this offseason, it was that the organization wants manager Aaron Boone to be the team’s skipper for as long as possible. The thing about that? The Yankees haven’t announced that his 2021 option has been exercised, nor has there been any buzz about a contract extension.
So what’s going on?
It’s not like Boone’s salary affects the payroll, so there’s no need for the Yankees to wait for DJ LeMahieu to make his decision. And it’s not like it’ll take rocket science for these two sides to work out an extension. Boone was making $1.15 million annually on the three-year deal he signed with New York before the 2018 season.
A raise is surely deserved, but it’s not like he’ll be making close to the $6 million the game’s top skipper’s earn on an annual basis.
But even more bizarre is that there’s yet to be a formal announcement on his 2021 option and we’re just days away from the New Year. The Yankees are taking their sweet old time with roster decisions, so you’d think the least they could do is settle Boone’s situation so there’s one less thing to worry about.
Instead, we have a video of Boone and Cashman rappelling down a building together in which the general manager says (for a second time this offseason) that he hopes to have his manager in town for a decade. Boone even got a resounding vote of confidence from Hal Steinbrenner after the Yankees’ playoff exit.
Look, we know Boone isn’t going anywhere. We just want to know what the wait is now that it’s been this long.
Another important note here — a contract extension is more than likely the answer here. The Yankees simply can’t have another question mark looming over their heads in 2021 in the form of the future of their manager. Even if it’s a short-term extension that keeps Boone in town through 2022, that will suffice.
Perhaps the Yankees are still grappling with what to do, but they have to know that they cannot going into next season with a lame duck manager. The media cannot have that at their disposal.