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3 Players the Yankees Still Need to Sign to Contract Extensions

In the past month, the MLB has seen an insane amount of contract extensions to players of all kinds -- those who are set to hit free agency in the near future like Xander Bogaerts and Jacob deGrom, and players who are nowhere near being ready for free agency like Ronald Acuña, German Márquez and Blake Snell, among others. The New York Yankees have a mix of those players they should probably be looking to take care of as soon as possible.

3. Didi Gregorius

DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres are both off to great starts for the Yankees, but they're missing a lefty bat that's a tough out. That lefty bat is Didi Gregorius. The injured slugger is averaging 24 home runs and 81 runs batted in the past three seasons, and besides Brett Gardner, he's the Yankees only left-handed bat. The Yankees absolutely need to keep him on the roster for years to come and could likely get him on a bargain deal while he's recovering from Tommy John surgery.  

2. Gleyber Torres

Figured to be the cornerstone of the Yankees infield for years to come, Gleyber Torres has already shown he's a future MLB star, and although he won't be arbitration-eligible until 2021, there's no sense the Yankees should go year by year with him. Sign him to a long-term deal now and you'll save money in the long run, as we saw the Braves do with Ronald Acuña. Torres was an All-Star his rookie season, so the best is yet to come.

1. Aaron Judge

The Yankees should be working to extend Aaron Judge night and day before it's too late and it costs them an astronomical amount of money. Judge may have had an injury-plagued season in 2018, but still hit 27 home runs in 112 games with a .392 on-base percentage. In his rookie season, he almost captured the elusive Rookie of the Year/Most Valuable Player honors in the same season, something that has only been done by Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki. In 2017, Judge smashed his way to 52 home runs and 114 runs batted in, with a .284/.422/.627 slash line for an absurd 1.049 OPS. Another player that's far removed from arbitration, Judge simply needs to be taken care of now for obvious reasons.