May 14, 2021

Yankees avoid drama by giving Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez big raises (New York Post)


There will be no arbitration drama for the Yankees this offseason.

The Yankees agreed to terms with all nine of their arbitration eligible players — including Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and James Paxton — by Friday’s deadline.

Judge and Sanchez got the biggest bumps after years of being among the best values in the game. Judge signed for $8.5 million, according to a source, after making $684,000 last season.

Sanchez led all catchers with 34 homers last season while making $669,800 and agreed to a deal worth $5 million, according to a source.

Both are scheduled to hit free agency in 2023.

James Paxton, in his final year of arbitration before heading to free agency following this year, jumped from $9.5 million to $12.5 million according to a source.

The agreements allowed the Yankees to avoid potentially messy arbitration hearings with the face of the franchise, Judge, and the injury-prone Sanchez in their first years of eligibility.

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez
Aaron Judge and Gary SanchezPaul J. Bereswill; Charles Wenzelberg

The last time the Yankees had an arbitration hearing was in 2017, when Dellin Betances lost his case and got $3 million instead of his requested $5 million. It led to a…

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