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New York Yankees

New York Yankees

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Carlos Rodon #16 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park on September 29, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

It’s officially official. The New York Yankees and free agent pitcher Carlos Rodon agreed to a six-year, $162 million contract. Rodon now slots behind Gerritt Cole as the true number 2 starting pitcher in a Yankees rotation that also features Nestor Coretes, Luis Severino and Frankie Montas.

After making their initial off-season splash by re-signing Aaron Judge to a nine-year contract, the Yankees made Rodon their priority since last week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.

According to ESPN: “Rodon’s deal is the second-largest contract the Yankees have ever given a pitcher in total value, exceeded only by Cole’s $324 million deal in 2019. Rodon gets $1 million more than CC Sabathia’s $161 million deal with the Yankees in 2008.”

The 30-year old left-hander is coming off the best two-year stretch of his career. In 2021 he pitched to a 2.37 ERA in 24 starts for the Chicago White Sox. Last season, Rodon won a career best 14 games, while posting a 2.88 ERA in 31 starts.

Reaction to the news lit up Yankees Twitter.

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