Sunday, February 5, 2023

Associated Press source: Yankees offer Rodone $162 million contract

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Pitcher Carlos Rodone signed a $162 million, six-year contract with the New York Yankees on Thursday, a person familiar with the talks said.

A source who requested anonymity confirmed to The Associated Press that the deal will come to fruition after the 30-year-old left-hander passes a physical to join the club’s rotation.

The pitcher had a 14-8 record and 2.88 ERA in his only season with the San Francisco Giants this year, where he pitched 31 wins, worked 178 innings and had 237 strikeouts. He was also selected for the All-Star Game for the second time.

New York struck a deal with Rawdon after solving its main urgency of convincing AL MVP outfielder Aaron Judge to stay in the Bronx. He was awarded a nine-year, $360 million contract, the largest contract ever won by a free agent in baseball history.

The Yankees re-signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a two-year, $40 million deal.

Rodone is in addition to the defending AL East champion.

Just two years earlier, the pitcher became a free agent when the White Sox did not extend his contract because he had an injury-plagued season.

However, he re-signed with his first major league team, which awarded him a one-year, $3 million contract, and he then began to show form by becoming the third overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft.

Under White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz, Rodone went 13-5 in 2021 with a career-low 2.37 ERA in 24 starts.

He recorded a no-hitter against Cleveland in April of that year, his first career shutout and second complete game.

Roden agreed to a $44 million, two-year contract with San Francisco in March. He was born in Florida as the son of Cuban parents and turned 30 on Saturday.

The pitcher exercised his option to leave the Giants after one season and became a free agent after being paid $22.5 million for the next season.

Rawdon posted a 5–2 record and 1.81 ERA in his rookie season with Chicago in 2015, making his last eight starts. But injuries kept coming in the way.

His appearances were limited to 12 starts in 2017 due to left biceps bursitis and left shoulder inflammation; He then underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in September of the same year.

He began the 2018 season on the disabled list while recovering from shoulder surgery, and returned to action in June. On May 15, 2019, he had another season cut short due to elbow surgery.

Rodone is 56–46 with a 3.60 ERA on the mound in 152 appearances over eight major league seasons. Accumulate 947 strikeouts in 847 one-third innings.

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