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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 1/20/2020

Judge arbitration sets up potential extension discussions; A look back at Jeter’s final moment; Yankees represented in MLB’s top right fielders and first baseman

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Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Aaron Judge and the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal in the right fielder’s first year of arbitration eligibility last week. The well-deserved pay raise for Judge sets him up to earn big money in the later two arbitration years if he continues to produce at his career pace, especially after the arbitration deals that Mookie Betts and George Springer recently earned. Looking ahead to that, it’ll be in the Yankees’ best interest to use this time before spring training begins to set the groundwork for a potential contract extension for Judge, whether they finish it or not this winter.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Derek Jeter is awaiting the news on Tuesday that he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, potentially as a unanimous vote like his teammate Mariano Rivera. Ahead of that announcement, Davidoff looks back to the final moment of Jeter’s historic career and the wonderful sendoff he gave to the Yankee Stadium faithful on the final home game of the 2014 season. MLB is running a breakdown of the top players at each position (both leagues combined), and the Yankees have been well-represented so far. On the most recent release, Aaron Judge checks in at third for all right-fielders and Luke Voit places seventh among first basemen. If you missed the first edition of the list, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner both make the center field list and Giancarlo Stanton rounds out the list of left fielders at 10. Next week will be second basemen and catchers, more positions that the Yankees will surely be involved in.