More Aaron Judge arbitration content! We really do not want more of this. Please make this end swiftly on Friday. Thank you.
For some reason, the New York Yankees won’t just pay the game’s leading All-Star vote getter and will head to mini court to determine what he’s owed for the 2022 season (it’s either $17 million or $21 million).
What’s even more embarrassing? The Yankees hardly ever head to arbitration with any of their players. The last high-profile case involved reliever Dellin Betances, who was reamed out by team president Randy Levine for requesting so much money in the process.
If you really want to go back in time, Don Mattingly defeated the Yankees in his case in 1987, and his $1.975 million salary was the highest in the 13-year history of arbitration at the time. Why the Yankees even bothered to let an arbiter decide a case featuring the MVP runner up who led the league in a number of major categories, we do not know.
But they’re doing it again, and fans aren’t happy about it. The richest franchise in the sport can afford to shell out a few more million to keep arguably the best player in MLB happy and parlay that good faith into contract extension talks as Judge heads for free agency after 2022.
Former MLB Network personality and lifelong Cleveland Guardians fan Chris Rose is siding with the fans’ frustrations, too. He doesn’t get why this is happening.
Chris Rose backs Yankees fans in their frustration with Aaron Judge’s arbitration case
Look, we know. It’s hard to feel bad for or relate to Yankees fans. But at least know that many New Yorkers demand that their franchise spend money! And though Judge has only played two full MLB seasons, his worth has been evident. There’s a reason his arbitration salaries have featured significant increases.
The most annoying part of all is that the Yankees could’ve simply avoided the headlines, questions from the media, and anything of the sort simply by paying Judge what he wants (which isn’t unreasonable) or meeting closer to his $21 million figure.
Rose and Trevor Plouffe talked about how this isn’t a good look for the Yankees, nor is Judge’s quote that he’s “looking forward” to arbitration.
If there’s one thing rival fans and Yankees fans can agree on, it’s that this is an absurd situation that’s bad for the game of baseball.
Regardless of the outcome, it’s an unfavorable look, but at least if Judge wins, then the baseball world can unite for a quick moment before everyone starts hating the Yankees again.