Aaron Judge silent on free agency after Yankees end-of-season loss: ‘Long time to figure that out’

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NEW YORK — For the third time in the last six years, the New York Yankees were eliminated by the Houston Astros in the playoffs. The Astros concluded their authoritative ALCS sweep on Sunday night. This is Houston’s fourth trip to the World Series in the past six years. The Yankees each have their last five ALCS trips dating back to 2010. It’s the longest such streak in history.

Yankees franchise player Aaron Judge had a quiet ALDS — he went 1 of 16 in all four games — and made the final Game 4. In a few weeks, he will officially hit the free agent market, and seeing how he just hit 62 home runs and is likely to win AL MVP, Judge is in line for a huge payday. The Game 4 loss is so recent, however, and Judge said he hasn’t given much thought to his future yet.

“Not at all,” Judge said after Game 4 when asked if he thought this might be his last home game at Yankee Stadium. “I try to go out there and do my job and help this team win. I really didn’t think it was my last game here. It happened so fast that you don’t really time to soak it up.”

The judge added that he had “plenty of time to figure out” his contract situation, and he reiterated that he wanted to stay with the Yankees. “I’ve been clear about this since I first wore the stripes, but we couldn’t do anything until spring training and we’ll see what happens,” he said. declared. The judge rejected a $213.5 million extension this spring.

“Amazing. Just an amazing season,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said when asked about Judge’s season and playing elsewhere. “Someone I’ve come to love, admire and respect. I hope we see him in stripes for a long time. I don’t even want to think about the alternative right now. He means a lot of us in this room.”

The 30-year-old judge will earn his third top four in AL MVP voting this season, and beyond the .311/.425/.686 batting line and 62 homers, he’s also played the majority of his games at center . field. He’s nearly irreplaceable, especially since his value to the Yankees transcends his production on the field. He is their biggest draw and their biggest star.

Free agents will be free to negotiate and sign with new teams five days after the end of the World Series.

Christy J. Olson