Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman understand Aaron Judge’s Yankees importance

Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman know what the most important part of this Yankees’ offseason is.

Boone, the Yankees manager, expressed his appreciation toward Judge and how their relationship has grown over both of their tenures in New York.

“All I’ll say is, I hope he’s back and a Yankee forever,” Boone said. “I can’t think of a better guy that you want to be leading your team and your organization.”

Judge broke the American League record with 62 home runs and was in contention for the Triple Crown in a season in which he often carried the Yankees. He is seemingly headed to MLB free agency after turning down a seven-year, $213.5 million dollar deal offered to him before the season began.

As Cashman noted, Judge bet on himself and is in line for a massive payday — The Post’s Jon Heyman predicted he could be staring at a deal worth $330 million over nine years.

Cashman, currently in limbo as he awaits a new contract to continue his run as Yankees GM, did not provide an answer on whether or not he has had conversations with Judge, who didn’t want to discuss his contract during the season, or his agent Page Odle.

Aaron Judge is primed for a massive payday — from the Yankees or another team on the free agent market.
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“He’s an elite performer and one of the game’s best — if not the best — player,” Cashman said. “Those are the type that you want to retain and have as long as you possibly can.”

He would love to keep Judge in the Bronx to continue his “Hall of Fame-like” career, and that those conversations will be had.

Both Cashman and Boone know they’ll be in trouble if Judge walks.

Brian Cashman talks with Yankees reporters on Nov. 4, 2022.
Brian Cashman talks with Yankees reporters on Nov. 4, 2022.
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“I don’t think you’re going to see a season like [Judge] just had from anyone in a long, long time, probably. It’s just remarkable what he put together. I think maybe as important is just the person he is for our team and our organization,” Boone said. “Certainly, it’s hard to think that anyone could replace Aaron Judge.”

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