Last summer, both Aaron Judge and Rafael Devers signed hefty deals with their respective organizations. As a result, everything is set to ensure both men will be crucial parts of their respective teams in 2023.
In 2022, Aaron Judge broke a well-known single-season home run record. He surpassed Roger Maris’ 1961 record of 61 home runs in a season, hitting 62 of them.
“Rafael Devers contract makes me think right away that Aaron Judge is underpaid” – Starting9
Devers agreed to an 11-year extension to his $331 million contract beginning in 2024. The contract has the sixth-highest overall value in major league history.
Devers, who earned $11.2 million in the 2022 season and would become a free agent in 2024, had a lengthy and complicated history prior to that contract.
Aaron Judge’s nine-year, $360 million contract makes him the highest-paid player of all time. Both deals have been praised by analysts and fans alike, despite the inherent danger of a long-term deal.
Aaron Judge made a ridiculous deal with the Americans, but Devers also followed suit
Rafael Devers will wear a Boston Red Sox uniform until he is 37, as he is four years younger than Judge. Judge, who is 30, will remain a Yankee until he is 39.
The fundamentals of contract risk management nurture young players. Judge is inducted into the Hall of Fame, but Devers isn’t in the same position yet. This suggests that, looking at both long-term, the New York Yankees are likely to have given up a stronger contract.
“I would be willing to bet a large sum of money that the contract the New York Yankees gave Aaron Judge will age far worse than what the Red Sox agreed to pay Rafael Devers.” – craig_teed
With an average annual value of $40 million, Judge is setting a new standard for positional players. Mike Trout had previously owned that record. Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, two pitchers for the New York Mets with AAVs of $43.3 million each, weren’t outdone by Judge, but he still has plenty to celebrate. Devers set a franchise record and will make more than $30 million annually.
Both teams play in the AL East, which many consider to be the most competitive division in the baseball league. The Yankees will still win, although the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays look dangerous.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/baseball/news-mlb-podcaster-al-home-run-king-s-value-the-rafael-devers-contract-immediately-makes-think-aaron-judge-underpaid?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “Rafael Devers contract makes me think right away that Aaron Judge is underpaid”