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Carlos Rodon and Yankees Agree on 6-Yr, $162 Million Deal


With Aaron Judge’s contract situation settled last week, the Yankees were finally in a position to move on to other business. They did just that on Thursday, coming to terms on a six-year, $162 million cope with the left-hander Carlos Rodón, arguably the perfect starting pitcher remaining on the free-agent market.

The deal, which was first reported by Jon Heyman of The Latest York Post, was confirmed by an individual conversant in the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity since the deal has yet to be finalized. It represents the Eleventh-highest total contract committed to a pitcher in major league history, in keeping with Spotrac, with a median annual value of $27 million. The contract has a full no-trade clause.

Rodón, who turned 30 on Saturday, is coming off back-to-back seasons wherein he had an E.R.A. under 3.00. Drafted and developed by the Chicago White Sox after a standout profession at North Carolina State, he blossomed right into a star with Chicago in 2021. Then he signed a two-year, $44 million cope with the San Francisco Giants just before the 2022 season began — a deal that got here together quickly after the lockout ended. He acclimated to the National League with ease, going 14-8 with a 2.88 E.R.A. in 31 starts. He led major league starters with a median of 12 strikeouts per nine innings and was an All-Star for a second straight 12 months.

The deal included an opt-out clause after one season that Rodón exercised.

In Latest York, Rodón should slot in near the highest of the Yankees’ rotation, serving as a big upgrade over the right-hander Jameson Taillon, who left the Yankees and signed a four-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago Cubs last week.

Currently, the Yankees’ starting rotation projects to be a strength for the team, with Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino and Rodón all having All-Star potential. The best-hander Frankie Montas, who was acquired in a deadline trade with the Oakland Athletics, may very well be a terrific option as a fifth starter if he can get well from the injuries and inconsistency that plagued him last 12 months.

While Rodón doesn’t have the general track record of Cole, he is sort of as dominant because the Yankees’ ace. He has 422 strikeouts and only 88 walks during the last two seasons and got here inside one hit-batsmen of an ideal game in 2021, settling for a no-hitter against Cleveland as an alternative.

Given his first shot at real free agency after the truncated strategy of last off-season, Rodón had interest from quite a few teams and was considered by many to be the third-best pitcher available on the market. His standing rose to the highest position when Jacob deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers and Justin Verlander signed a two-year, $86.66 million contract with the Mets.

While all three pitchers have handled serious arm injuries over the previous few seasons, Rodón is sort of 10 years younger than Verlander, who will turn 40 in February, and is 4 years younger than deGrom.

The Yankees still produce other holes to fill, but with Judge re-signed and a top starting pitcher acquired, the team has achieved two of its biggest goals of the off-season. The entire cost: $522 million.

Scott Miller contributed reporting.

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