BREAKING: LHP Carlos Rodon to Yankees on a 6-Year/$162M deal
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On the eve of my birthday, and with ten days until Christmas, the Yankees gave us all the gift we've been waiting for: they won the Carlos Rodon sweepstakes on a 6-year, $162M deal after he opted out of a contract with the San Francisco Giants. The deal also reportedly includes a no-trade clause. Jon Heyman recovered from the Arson Judge debacle and had it first:
Rodon to Yankees— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 16, 2022
A starting pitcher was high on the wish list of Yankees fans, as Frankie Montas was a bust in 2022, Luis Severino hasn't pitched a full season in some time due to injuries, Jameson Taillon joined the Chicago Cubs and Nestor Cortes and Gerrit Cole can't do everything.
In the 2022 season, Rodon went 14-8, with a 2.88 ERA and 237 strikeouts over 178 innings pitched. He allowed 52 walks, and 59 runs on 131 hits -- and just 12 of those runs were home runs. According to ESPN, in 2021, Rodon "returned to elite form" after Tommy John surgery, with a 2.37 ERA over 24 starts, though his team at the time -- the Chicago White Sox -- were "careful with him" and never allowed him to pitch more than five innings. With more time removed from Tommy John, Rodon will hopefully see more innings in Pinstripes.
Rodon, according to ESPN, also "won't have to wait too long" to face his former teammates -- the Yankees will host the Giants on Opening Day 2023.