TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Judge appeared on the field with Giancarlo Stanton before Tuesday’s exhibition game as part of an on-camera segment for MLB Network. The Yankees sluggers posed side-by-side as host Harold Reynolds talked about their potential for some serious mashing this season.
One place Judge won’t be able to stand side-by-side with Stanton is in the salary department. While Stanton is paid $25 million this season, Judge will earn $622,300, according to salary figures obtained by The Associated Press.
Judge, who hit 52 home runs and won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2017, isn’t even guaranteed that money. He agreed to a split contract which will drop his salary to $272,250 if he is sent to the minors.
A split contract is typical for players with Judge’s service time. According to the AP, the Yankees also agreed to split contracts with possible Opening Day starter Luis Severino ($604,975/$275,488), first baseman Greg Bird ($582,000/$272,500) and No. 5 starter Jordan Montgomery ($580,450/$228,413).
CC goes four
CC Sabathia allowed one run in four innings and Didi Gregorius hit his third home run of spring training as the Yankees and Tigers played to a tie at 2.
Sabathia, who gave up a third-inning home run to Leonys Martin, has a spring training ERA of 1.50.
“If I feel like how I felt today all year, I feel like I’ll be pretty good,” Sabathia said. “That’s encouraging.”
Manager Aaron Boone said he expects Sabathia to start one of the Yankees’ four games in Toronto that will open the season. Boone said he isn’t ready to name his Opening Day starter, but mentioned Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and even Sabathia and Sonny Gray as candidates.
“We’re starting to hone in on it,” Boone said. “Nothing final yet. Could be a week from now. Could be less. But we haven’t finalized it yet. Those conversations are starting to happen with a little more urgency.”
Reggie Jackson underwent knee surgery after getting injured on Monday in a fall, the Yankees announced. Jackson, 71, is a Yankees special adviser . . . Former Yankees pitcher Don Larsen, 88, received a big ovation when he was introduced on the field before the game.