This is the first time the Yankees have undergone the arbitration process since 2017. It was reliever Dellin Betances who took the team to arbitration then, asking for $5M as opposed to the $3M offered by the team.
“He just didn’t like how the process went,” recalled Judge, who was a rookie when that ordeal took place. “[Betances] kind of mixed personal [feelings] with business. He gave a lot to this organization, and the numbers he put up for quite a few years -- even though he wasn’t a closer, he did a lot of special things. Maybe he thought he should get reciprocated for that, but it didn’t happen.”
And yet, the 30-year-old isn't letting past experiences from others get to him. Despite hearing from players who have hated the arbitration process, Judge's approach is simple. “I’m going to introduce myself to the arbitrators, then sit back and let my team do the work,” Judge said.