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New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, Atlanta Braves’ Austin Riley among arbitration-bound players

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and five players from the World Series champion Atlanta Braves are headed toward salary arbitration hearings that will occur during the regular season after they failed to reach contracts and exchanged figures with their teams.

Judge can become a free agent after the World Series, and the outfielder and the team say they want to discuss a long-term deal to keep him in the Bronx. Judge has asked New York for $21 million, while the Yankees have offered $17 million, up from $10,175,000 last year.

Meanwhile, Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos could wind up with potentially awkward hearings against third baseman Austin Riley, shortstop Dansby Swanson, outfielder Adam Duvall and pitchers Max Fried and Luke Jackson. Anthopoulos told The Athletic on Tuesday that Atlanta’s clubhouse was « rattled » when popular slugger Freddie Freeman left for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent after Anthopoulos traded for Matt Olson from Oakland.

Arbitration-eligible players who didn’t reach agreement with their teams are set to have their cases heard via video conferencing after opening day, a scheduling oddity necessitated by baseball’s 99-day lockout that pushed back the start of spring training and the regular season.

The deadline to swap arbitration numbers was delayed from mid-January until Tuesday. No dates have been set for hearings, which usually occur in February. Teams and players can continue to negotiate and may agree on a deal at any time.

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If teams and players don’t agree to a salary before opening day, the player will be paid at the rate proposed by the club and salary would be adjusted retroactively, if necessary.

Batting champion Trea Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a $21 million, one-year deal. Acquired last July from Washington, Turner hit .328 with 28 homers and 32 stolen bases last season. He’s set to become a free agent after this season.

The Blue Jays signed new third baseman Matt Chapman to a $25 million, two-year deal, six days after getting him in a trade with Oakland. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got $7.9 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility.

Atlanta did agree to one-year deals with left-handers Tyler Matzek ($1.4 million), AJ Minter ($2.2 million) and Sean Newcomb ($900,000).

Some other players who did not strike a deal before Tuesday’s deadline: Baltimore’s John Means and Trey Mancini; Cincinnati’s Lucas Sims; Kansas City’s Andrew Benintendi and Nicky Lopez; Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser; Philadelphia’s Zach Eflin; Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman; and St. Louis’ Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill.

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