NEW YORK – There is no doubt where Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner stands. Aaron JudgeThe future in pinstripes.
“I’ve absolutely made it known that I want him to be a Yankee his whole life,” Steinbrenner said Tuesday at the MLB ownership meetings in New York. “No doubt about that. He knows.”
The sentiment marks the latest in public comments from Steinbrenner that indicate the team’s strong desire to bring back Judge on a long-term contract. In an interview with the YES Network, Steinbrenner said that if Judge returns, naming him as team captain “is something we will consider.”
Judge has said in the past that his choice was to stay with the Yankees, and Steinbrenner still believes that is the case.
“I believe [Judge] She wants to be a Yankee,” Steinbrenner said. “I think we have a good thing going here.”
The judge rejected the Yankees’ offer of $213.5 million from 2023 to 2029. He responded with the best season of his career – hitting an American League 62 home run and closing in on the AL. MVP celebrates — and maintains his spot as one of the top free agents on the market.
“The rest is up to him and his family and where they want to go from here,” Steinbrenner said. But we will do our best, I assure you.
While Judge will accept the largest free agent contracts, Steinbrenner said he will not prevent the Yankees from spending more money in free agency.
“We have a lot of ability to make other things happen,” Steinbrenner said.