TAMPA — Aaron Judge is coming off a season in which he led the American League in homers, but he won’t be leading the league in salary anytime soon. The AL Rookie of the Year is set to make $622,300 with the Yankees this season, according to the Associated Press Thursday.
Judge won’t be eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season.
Luis Severino, who finished third in the AL Cy Young Award vote last year, is set to make $604,975, while Greg Bird will make $582,000 and Jordan Montgomery $580,450.
Those price tags are the key to the Yankees reaching their goal of staying under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold.
Jacoby Ellsbury is slated to take batting practice for the first time on Wednesday since suffering an oblique injury that has jeopardized his readiness for Opening Day.
“I’m advancing every day,” Ellsbury said. “I’ve been running, throwing and lifting. Pretty much everything. The next step will be batting practice outside. … I haven’t had any setbacks.”
Two of the three Yankees to have ever pitched perfect games were at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday, as Don Larsen was greeted with a loud ovation when he was introduced on the field before the game and David Cone was in the broadcast booth.
The top four hitters in the Yankees lineup, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, combined to go 0-for-12 with five strikeouts in the 2-2 tie with the Tigers.
Neil Walker is slated to do some work at the team’s minor league complex while the Yankees face the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. at 1:05 p.m.
Chance Adams, who could be among the first pitchers the Yankees look to if they need rotation help during the season, will start against Baltimore.