Heyman: Yankees close to signing Aaron Judge

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Via Jon Heyman: The Yankees are close to signing Fresno State OF Aaron Judge, their second first round pick in last month’s draft. K. Levine-Flandrup says Judge traveled to Tampa today, presumably to take his pre-signing physical. The signing deadline is Friday afternoon, and the Yankees reportedly have a slot money (~$1.67M) offer on the table.

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  • Crime Dog

    Very nice. Kinda wish he would’ve signed earlier to get him some more time this year, but oh well.

    • trr

      Let’s just get it done

    • nick

      plenty of time rest of year, plus instructs after the season.

  • tmoney

    So with the Judge and Ty Webb locked up is there anything left over for Danny Noonan?

    • OhioYanks

      Love it! Was psyched when they took Ty Webb for the name, but didn’t even think of the link with the Judge.

  • pat

    I bet he gets more than we all are hoping for.

    • Preston

      I don’t care, I want this guy a lot more than an extra 100k to throw at some 20th rounder.

      • OhioYanks

        I don’t care too much either way, but they can also theoretically get a Judge-caliber prospect next season at slot. The present value is a little lower, but the extra late rounder could more than counter-act that.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        There’s only $8,900 overslot money left in the pool, before overage penalties kick in.

        • OhioYanks

          I don’t know whether it’ll happen, but I doubt the Yankees would be opposed to paying a bit of the 75% tax if they really want Judge more than a 2014 1st.

          • Caballo Sin Nombre

            The issue isn’t the Yankees paying a little bit of overage. The problem is rewarding this kind of brinkmanship. What if, next year, two top choices decide this is a good idea, based on Judge’s success?

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Good news.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Our long national nightmare is over.

    • kenthadley

      No it’s not….check the lineup tonight….pretty scary.

  • Chip

    Good, now we can all go back to dreaming on him becoming the next Giancarlos Stanton

  • phil

    starting RFer in 2016!

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Off topic. If you’re k.c., why the F would you pitch to cano ? Especially with hafner right after. Good for us though.

  • Randy A.


  • Duh Injuries

    What incentive does this guy have to thrive when he’s already set for life? ‘Say he claims 40% of that on his taxes. That’s $1,002,000 after taxes. He’s a millionaire already before he’s ever done anything.

    I’m sure someone on here will say “The incentive is he could make at least ten times that if he’s just decent”, to which I say “Then how come so many kids who sign for big money don’t make it?”

    Name me the last big money draft signee who amounted to shit as a Yankee not as an MLB player.

    That money would, in theory, give the kid peace of mind and the ability clear his mind to focus solely on baseball, but that could backfire: he could buckle under self-imposed expectations and/or expectations imposed by others (the team, family etc.) He could focus so much on the game he presses and suffers for it, etc.

    All draft signees should receive no more than $400K. 60% of that is $240K. Ok, put $100K of that into a Roth IRA then live off the rest plus your minor league salary. What 18-22 year old couldn’t live off of yearly salary plus $140K in the bank? If your back is somewhat against the wall you may and probably will produce better.

    • Ghost of Joe Dugan


    • DLSIII

      Jeter’s signing bonus was $800,000.00. Nuff said……

    • Ben

      The internet never fails to remind me of how stupid some people can be. By this logic, no one should ever get paid more than subsistence wages so that they produce better. I fail to see the relevance of limiting your question on big money signings to players who produced for the Yankees. Plenty of players have signed for far more than the Yankees have ever offered anyone and gone on to be very good to great in the majors. Among these: Mauer, Strasburg, Harper, Prior (whose injury has nothing to do with the money he signed for). Gerrit Cole is doing pretty well I see and might be doing well for the Yanks had he signed for the boatload they were reportedly willing to give him. The reason so many high dollar draft picks never go on to do much is the same reason so many low dollar draft picks don’t go on to do much (seriously, how many picks are there every year? and how many international signings?) is simple: baseball is a hard game and even those who show the most promise are humbled by it.

      • OhioYanks

        Well said.

        It’s also a somewhat merit based system where these guys are getting some portion of their worth to the team. The money left over after a $400k cap would just go into the owners’ pockets.

        While plenty would still sign, I’m sure, some kids would also just give up baseball. Play another sport or take a “real job.”

      • BFDeal

        Never, I repeat, never be surprised by the amount of stupidity you will read in a Duh Injuries post.

        • Ben

          I don’t read the comments here very often…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This is, like, a new rock layer for you.

  • Betty Lizard

    Can.not.wait. I’m (irrationally) excited about Judge.

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    Drew Bridges came in at $225K, leaving only $8900 in the pool before penalties.

    • RetroRob

      Probably the clearest sign that Judge was about to sign. The Yankees were no longer holding any money in reserve.

      • OhioYanks

        Still theoretically holding about $400k in reserve before giving up a pick, I believe. I have no idea if he will get any of it, but I can’t blame Judge for trying.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Awaiting his first moonshot HR somewhere in the system.