Aaron Judge Referee: 10 Things to Know As the Yankees’ Outside Star Still On Track For Friday Session

New York Yankees and Aaron Judge are still on track to hold a salary arbitration hearing on Friday, According to Ken Rosenthal. If a hearing is said to be taking place, it will dictate how much the judge will be compensated for the 2022 season. In theory, the two sides could reach an agreement before heading before the jury, but there appears to be little sign of progress in those talks.

You might be wondering what the judging process looks like, or what qualifies a player to qualify for such a thing. Alternatively, you may want to see how this might affect the Yankees’ attempts to retain the judge for the long haul. So let’s go through 10 common questions about the judge, the Yankees, and the entire arbitration process.

1. What is arbitration?

Teams are allowed to dictate player compensation for the first few seasons of a player’s career in the Major League. After a player achieves a certain amount of service time, they are allowed to continue with a judging session, which in turn enables them to earn wages more in line with their actual market value. Both the team and the player submit a number that they believe represents fair compensation for the next year, and then present their case to a panel of arbitrators. These arbitrators subsequently determine the number of the fairer side.

2. Who is eligible to arbitrate?

In general, most players eligible to referee have more than three years and less than six years of Major League service time. There are some notable exceptions, as the top 22 percent of players with more than two years of service time are also eligible to arbitrate under the “Super Two” rating. Judge, for his part, entered the year with more than five years of service, putting him on the brink of free agency.

3. What is the service time, anyway?

It is the procedure that dictates when players become eligible for arbitration and/or free agency. Basically, players are credited with a day of service for each day they are on the Big League roster or on the injured Big League roster. The player needs 172 days of service to earn one full year of credit and six full years to access the free agency.

4. What happens during the arbitration session?

The team criticizes its player before a panel of arbitrators in order to save a few dollars? Well, this may be an exaggeration, but both teams and players are given time to give presentations on why their registration number represents fair value. These arguments are generally based on historical precedent and tend to be designed around surface level analysis – things that non-experts can understand. As stated above, the commission rules as to the filing number of the side that represents the best fair compensation.

5. Why are sessions held in season?

Judging sessions usually take place during the early parts of February, prior to the official start of spring training. This year’s owner-imposed shutdown of Major League Baseball has forced all-season hearings to take place.

6. How are players compensated before hearings?

The precedent dating back to the 1990s is for players to be paid based on the team’s registration number prior to a hearing. If the player subsequently wins the case, the team has to reconcile with the player for the remainder of the season.

7. What is the distance between Judge and Yankees?

And the two sides between them 4 million dollars. The judge provided $21 million; The Yankees made $17 million. It’s worth noting that the MLB Trade Rumors arbitration model had projected the judge at $17.1 million. That, at least, indicates that the Yankees use an internal evaluation methodology similar to that used in the MLBTR.

8. Will the hearing affect the extension of talks?

Mostly not. Yankees CEO Brian Cashman told reporters in April that he had offered the judge a seven-year deal worth $30.5 million a year. The judge’s price has ostensibly increased since then. It’s possible the judge won’t take kindly to the Yankees’ refusal to honor his request for the 2022 season, but odds are he’ll sign the most lucrative deals he’s made this winter. If it’s the Yankees who are making this show, it’s hard to see the judge holding this against them.

9. Are the 2022 stats for the judge acceptable?

No, Judge has gotten off to a great start to the season, notching .301/.380/.647 (192 OPS+) with 25 home runs in his first 65 games. Unfortunately, none of that matters in the session; The 2022 season, for all intents and purposes, may not even exist yet. Judge’s production should help improve his future pay, so it’s not all in vain.

10. How many arbitration sessions are there?

Fittingly, the judge is the last hearing on the agenda, according to Joel Sherman. For those who just can’t get enough of this part of the game, rest assured you won’t have to wait long for the next round of hearings. They are only eight months away.

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