Aaron Judge insists he wants to be with Yankees ‘for a long time’

Aaron Judge insists he wants to be with Yankees ‘for a long time’

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Aaron Judge maintained Monday he wanted to be with the New York Yankees for the remainder of his career as the possibility of him hitting free agency at the end of the season loomed.

Judge attended MLB All-Star Game media day in Los Angeles and was asked about his status with the Yankees as he finished the first half of the season on a torrid pace.

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Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees speaks to the media during the 2022 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees speaks to the media during the 2022 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

“I want to play for the Yankees. I want to be here for a long time,” Judge said, via SNY. “If it works out, it works out. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. It’s out of my hands. I can’t really control that kind of stuff. For me, it’s just been about focusing on the game and playing the game, and when I’m a free agent and we decide where we go, we’ll figure all that out later.”

Judge turned down an eight-year contract worth $230.5 million to $234.5 million and was reportedly looking for a nine-year deal worth around $319.6 million. Judge set an arbitrary deadline of opening day — April 8 — and said he wouldn’t talk about the contract until after the season.

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American League All-Star Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice during the 2022 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

American League All-Star Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice during the 2022 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

On Monday, the outfielder said he’s never played baseball for money.

“I don’t live in fear. Money’s never been the reason why I play this game. This is a gift that I have, I try to go out there and have fun and use this gift to the best of my ability,” he said. 

“Everything else will take care of itself. That’s why I got agents. That’s why I got family supporting me, helping me make the right decisions. Ultimately, all that stuff will get taken care of if it’s in New York or if it’s not in New York. It’s nothing for me to worry about or front about. It’s gonna handle itself.”

American League All-Stars Giancarlo Stanton #27 (L) and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees (R) talk with Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins during the 2022 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

American League All-Stars Giancarlo Stanton #27 (L) and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees (R) talk with Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins during the 2022 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Judge tied Roger Maris’ record for most home runs by a Yankees player at the All-Star break with 33 home runs. Maris set the record in 1961, the same year he hit 61 home runs.

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