Judge Denies New York Yankees Mon$ter Offer
Call me harsh but I have little sympathy for professional athletes that turn down fairly valued, hundred million dollar contracts. Then, when circumstances or injuries prevent that player from ever earning the amount of money that they turned down, you want to say I told you so.
Former New York Mets right-fielder Michael Conforto, according to SNY's Andy Martino, turned down a $120 million contract offer from the Mets prior to last season. Conforto's agent Scott Boris is famous for testing free agency. Conforto is currently unemployed. I want to say I told you so.
Now we get to the latest player to turn down life changing money. According to Greg Joyce of nypost.com, prior to Friday's Opening Day ceremonies, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the Pinstripes offered Aaron Judge a contract that was for a total of seven years for $213.5 million. In addition, Judge would receive either $17 million or $21 million for this season through arbitration. Therefore, the deal could be worth in total as much as $234.5 million for 8-years.
Cashman reported that Aaron Judge, represented by PSI Sports Management, Inc. turned down the offer from New York. “Obviously our intent is to have Aaron Judge stay as a New York Yankee moving forward and I know that’s his intent as well, which is a good thing,” Cashman said as reported by nypost.com.
“We’re going to have to be entering those efforts in a new arena, which would be at the end of the season when free agency starts. Maybe that will determine what his real market value will be, because we certainly couldn’t agree at this stage on a contract extension.” I think Cashman offered Judge a very fair contract. Judge has missed large portions of 3 out of the last 4 seasons. I hope Aaron Judge doesn't regret this decision but I think he might. I hope I don't have to say "I told you so!"