The Yankees offered Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo to qualify
Each qualifying offer is worth $19.65 million for a one-year contract. Players have until 4pm on Tuesday to accept or reject the offer.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the club is interested in retaining both Jazz and Rizzo. Should either sign with a different club, the Yanks will now be compensated with draft picks.
Judge declined a seven-year, $213.5 million extension on Opening Day, after which he set the AL single-season record with 62 homers, finishing five batting-average points shy of the Triple Crown.
Cashman said the club had contacted Judge’s agent, Paige Odle, but would not reveal whether a new offer had been made.
Rizzo signed a two-year, $32 million deal with the Yankees last spring that included an opt-out clause through 2023. Rizzo exercised that option Monday and could seek another multiyear deal after tying his career high with 32 home runs. .
The Yankees considered extending a qualifying offer to right-hander Jameson Taillon, but did not. Taillon was 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 regular season starts.
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