Judge, Yankees agree to $19 million deal, avoid hearing

Judge is in the midst of his best season, batting .304 with a major league-leading 27 homers. The deal puts him on track to become a free agent after this year.

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided an arbitration hearing Friday by agreeing to a $19 million, one-year contract, a deal that leaves the slugger on track to become a free agent after the World Series.

Unable to agree to a long-term deal in talks that ended on opening day, the sides split the difference between the proposed arbitration figures they exchanged on March 22: $21 million by Judge and $17

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