Juan Soto cites Judge’s influence for avoiding extension deal with Yankees

Star sluggers Aaron Judge and Juan Soto are chatting during the Yankees 2024 spring training in Tampa, FL.

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Juan Soto‘s arrival in New York has been a resounding success. He’s off to a blazing start, accumulating 10 hits in 24 at-bats, including a home run, 4 RBIs, and 5 walks. Adding to his impressive offensive display, he even made a key throw to home plate, highlighting his defensive versatility.

This performance, mirroring his stellar career trajectory, has fueled speculation about a massive contract extension. Represented by the formidable Scott Boras and having previously rejected a $440 million offer from Washington, Juan Soto is likely headed towards free agency this offseason, even if the Yankees present a tempting offer during the season (although this seems improbable).

Juan Soto has openly admired Yankees captain Aaron Judge, acknowledging Judge’s role in setting lofty standards. He emphasizes the importance of his future contract impacting players who follow, referencing Judge’s free agency exploration as a market-shaping event. He also mentions Corey Seager and Shohei Ohtani as influential figures in the evolving landscape of player contracts.

“You cannot be selfish. You have to think about the guys who come in behind you,” Soto told The Athletic in an expansive story published Wednesday. “That’s what Judge did (in opting to test free agency). He made a great deal. Corey Seager, Ohtani, all these guys are setting the market for the guys after them. And if I were to take anything down there (with what the Nationals offered) it would make it different, tougher for guys coming up.”

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Juan Soto remains focused on his game for now

Despite the free agency chatter, a long-term future with the Yankees isn’t out of the question. Judge’s recent record-setting contract extension, securing him the highest average annual value for a position player, serves as a prime example.

Recent deals like Seager’s 10-year, $325 million contract with Texas and Ohtani’s historic 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers (with a significant portion deferred), further illustrate the skyrocketing prices for elite players.

When asked about his future, Juan Soto remains focused on playing ball. His transition to New York appears rejuvenating, fueled by a hitter-friendly stadium and playing for the sport’s wealthiest franchise. His departure from San Diego, marked by struggles on the field and at the negotiating table, showcased his self-belief. Now, in a revitalized environment, Juan Soto is poised to capitalize on his historic gamble.

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