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Aaron Judge ‘really hit the jackpot here’

Get the checkbook ready, Brian Cashman.

On the first episode of The Post’s new podcast, The Show, Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman spoke about the Yankees’ contract negotiations with Aaron Judge and how they might be affected by the slugger’s searing start to the season.

At the beginning of the show, the Post columnists talked about how dead baseball benefits the Yankees as it amplifies the clout of the team’s batsmen, particularly Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

The judge rejected the Yankees’ $213.5 million seven-year extension offer before the start of the season. That feels like a smart play now as he’s a .315 average so far this season with 14 home runs and 30 RBIs.

Heyman and Sherman later discussed the judge’s contract talks. Here is an excerpt of the conversation:

Hey man: Judge really hit the jackpot here. He asked for a deal with Mike Trout.

Scherman: And he’s playing like Mike Trout, even playing midfield when they need him, staying sane, taking on a bigger leadership role with no Brett Gardner around… If this is going to be the baseball of the future, its value as a pure homer goes up even more -Bat. What is rare is valuable.

Hey man: Judge could end up being the highest-paid positional player… The Yankees are ready to go higher. They were willing to go higher if they broke off negotiations. Time was kind of running out because they had opening day as the deadline… I think they would have gone up to $31-$32 million.

Scherman: You have to go higher now.

Aaron Judge during the Yankees' win over the Orioles on May 17, 2022.
Aaron Judge during the Yankees’ win over the Orioles on May 17, 2022.
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The Show runs every Tuesday throughout the baseball season.

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