APNewsBreak: Judge to earn $622,300 after hitting 52 HRs

FILE - In this July 10, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Judge smiles as he competes during the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, in Miami. Judge is strongly leaning toward not taking part in Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year after hitting 52 homers and driving in 114 runs won the derby last season. "A cool experience," Judge said Thursday, March 8, 2018. "I enjoyed it all but I don't think I really needed to go out there and do it again. I won it once. One and done is good for me."(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

NEW YORK (AP) AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge will earn $622,300 in the major leagues as part of his one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Judge, who led the AL with 52 home runs, is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season. He agreed to a split contract in which his salary would drop to $272,250 in the unlikely event he is sent back to the minors.

New York uses a scale based on service time for its players not eligible for arbitration.

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will make $604,975 after he went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA. His agreement calls for a minor league salary of $275,488.

New York also reached agreements with first baseman Greg Bird ($582,000/$272,500), pitcher Jordan Montgomery ($580,450/$228,413) and infielder/outfielder Tyler Austin ($558,600/$230,814).

With an influx of young players not yet eligible for arbitration, the Yankees are on track to get their payroll under the luxury tax threshold for the first time since the current tax began in 2003.

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