Carlos Rodon has signed a 6-year, $162 million deal with the New York Yankees, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The southpaw heads to the Bronx to give the Yankees one of the better one, two punches in baseball. Rodon is coming off a one-year prove-it deal with the San Francisco Giants and, like others, is greatly benefitting from that decision.
Rodon finished the year with a 14-8 record. He had a 2.88 ERA and struck out 237 batters in only 178 innings of work. The Giants lineup provided little run support when Rodon was dealing, so he should see an overall better record in New York. His 5.4 WAR as a starting pitcher ranked eighth in the major leagues.
Rodon should slot into the No. 2 pitcher spot for the Yanks. Gerrit Cole will retain the ace position barring any injuries or an elongated slow start similar to the start of the 2021 season. “Nasty” Nestor Cortes should be in the third spot, with Luis Severino holding the fourth. The only question for New York now is what they want to do with the fifth spot. Frankie Montas is still under contract for another season, so he is the most likely, at least at the start of the season.
Looking towards the future, this has Rodon under contract with New York through the 2028 season, and there is a full no-trade clause with the deal. The Yankees' pitching staff had the fifth-most wins and the third-best ERA in the league as a unit, and that figures to improve even further with Rodon in town.