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Mike Francesa slams Yankees’ Aaron Judge’s record-setting contract

NJ.com 12/8/2022 Bridget Hyland, nj.com

Many people are thrilled that Aaron Judge is returning to Bronx.

The New York Yankees re-signed the superstar slugger to a nine-year, $360 million contract, and fans are overjoyed that the outfielder will be back long term.

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But Mike Francesa has some opinions about it. Via Elite Sports New York:

“It’s an extreme contract,” Francesa said on his latest BetRivers podcast. “It’s a bad contract. The Yankees will pay dearly on this contract in Years 7, 8, 9. I don’t think there’s any question about that. He will not be the same player, because nobody is. You don’t know how gracefully he’s going to age, how productively he’s going to age. The bottom line is he’s had injury problems and he’s going to be 31 in late April. There is no question that at nine years, $360 million, the Yankees went way past where they wanted to go ... “If you’re a Yankee fan today, I know you are happy,” Francesa said. “Some of you are overjoyed. You won’t be overjoyed with this contract six or seven years from now. But that doesn’t matter. There are going to be plenty of home runs, plenty of great moments from Judge before that. No one can discount that. But there has to be big postseason moments. And those have been few and far between. That’s what has to change.”

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The American League MVP rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million contract made by the Yankees before Opening Day, then had a walk season for the ages, setting a new league record with 62 home runs while contending for the Triple Crown.

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Bridget Hyland may be reached at bhyland@njadvancemedia.com.

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