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Did Carlos Beltran reveal a potential Aaron Judge extension with Yankees?

Carlos Beltran smiles

Carlos Beltran may have accidentally let the cat out of the bag regarding a potential Aaron Judge contract extension.

Beltran was debuting as a game analyst with the YES Network during the New York Yankees’ spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa, Fla. on Monday. While providing commentary during one of Judge’s at-bats, Beltran seemed to indicate that the New York Yankees and Judge had already come to an agreement.

“I’m just glad to see him being able to create this new contract with the New York Yankees and being able to extend his stay here in New York,” Beltran said of Judge during the broadcast. “They understand he’s a leader, so I’m glad to see Aaron Judge increasing his stay here with the New York Yankees.”

Beltran’s comments went viral soon after, as it has been reported that the Yankees had already made Judge a multi-year offer earlier this spring.

Beltran later clarified on air that what he meant to say was that he “hoped” that Judge and the Yankees could come to a deal at some point.

According to’s Bryan Hoch, Yankees GM Brian Cashman had not heard Beltran’s comments on YES, and would not comment on whether or not the club had extended an offer to the 29-year-old.

Judge laughed off the apparent Beltran blunder while speaking postgame.

“That’s great,” Judge said, via ESPN’s Marly Rivera. “Carlos is my man, so I think he was just looking out to have my back a little bit there!”

Judge has certainly done his part to show why he deserves a big-time extension from the Yankees. He has made three All-Star teams and led the league with 52 home runs in 2017. In 10 games this spring, he has gone 12-for-29 with four home runs and seven RBIs.

Judge has marked Opening Day as the deadline for the two sides to reach a deal on an extension.

Photo: Dec 10, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran speaks to the media during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sport


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