Now that Luis Severino and the Yankees were able to avoid salary arbitration and find common ground on a four-year, $40 million contract extension, could Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez be the next "Baby Bombers" to cash in?
Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has said that he is cognizant of the future cost of retaining stars like Judge, Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar. Though he declined to name specific players, general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that he has proposed deals similar to Severino's to others on the roster.
"We've approached certain players," Cashman said. "We are always open for the right people to do things and find common ground, if that's at all possible. We've had conversations with some, but not all. If they lead to [multi-year deals], great. This one did. Attempts so far have failed."
Judge will become arbitration-eligible next offseason, and given his standing as the new face of the franchise, it has been suggested that the Yankees could attempt to buy out his arbitration years as the Angels did with Mike Trout (six years, $144.5 million) in March 2014.