NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Carlos Rodone has shaved and got a new haircut. And for the first time he wore the striped uniform.
“You will get used to it. There are going to be some days when you can go a little overboard, and I have to draw your attention to that,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said as he addressed the star left-handed pitcher. .
Rodon appeared beardless before the media at Yankee Stadium, a day after his six-year, $162 million contract was made official, to comply with the team’s internal grooming rules.
He also takes into account that the team and its fans are hoping for good results post-season. The Yankees have not won a World Series championship since 2009.
“As we know, this is the culture of the Yankees,” Rodone said after donning the No. 55 shirt.
Roden will receive a $5 million signing bonus. He will get a salary of 22 million next year and 27 million in the following.
He joins a rotation headed by Gerrit Cole and also featuring Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino, and Frankie Montas.
“We’re pretty sure you’ll do well here,” Yankees president Randy Lewin said as he addressed the pitcher’s Cuban roots.
Rodone went 14–8 with a 2.88 ERA in his only season with San Francisco, setting career highs in wins, starts (31), innings (178) and strikeouts (237). The 30-year-old lefty was selected to his second All-Star Game.
Rodone was released by the Chicago White Sox in 2020 due to injuries. He re-signed with his first team in the majors on a one-year, $3 million deal, a return to form that earned the left-hander the third overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Working under White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz, Rodone posted a career-low 13-5 mark with a 2.37 ERA in 24 starts in 2021. He threw a no-hitter for his first shutout against Cleveland and completed the second in his career.
Rodan signed a $44 million, two-year deal with San Francisco in March, but dropped out after one season, giving up his $22.5 million salary for the next year, and became a free agent.
He emerged as a potential front-line starter in 2015, going 5–1 with a 1.81 ERA over the final eight of his rookie season with Chicago. But injuries came along the way.
He made barely 12 starts in 2017 due to tendonitis in his left biceps and inflammation in that arm. He also underwent shoulder arthroscopy in September the same year.
He began the 2018 season on the injured list after undergoing surgery on the man and reappeared in June. But he underwent Tommy John surgery on May 15, 2019, missing a season.
For life, Rawdon is 56–46 with a 3.60 ERA in 152 appearances over eight seasons. He has 947 strikeouts in 847 1/3 innings.