Less than 48 hours after the Giants benefited from a player opting out of a short-term deal by landing Carlos Correa, they lost a player by the same means with the Yankees signing free-agent pitcher Carlos Rodon on Thursday.
The Yankees agreed with Rodon on a six-year, $162 million contract ($27 million average annual value) that includes a full no-trade clause, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Rodon is the Yankees’ biggest offseason signing outside of Aaron Judge, whom the organization re-signed to a nine-year, $360 million contract.
FAGAN: How the Yankees can get better after Judge signing: Cut the dead weight
Signing Rodon is a huge move for the Yankees, who were met with criticism last season after they traded Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals for Harrison Bader at the deadline. The back end of the rotation struggled without Montgomery; signing Rodon restores a left-handed arm to the starting five alongside Nestor Cortes.
Beyond Rodon and Cortes, the Yankees’ projected 2023 rotation includes Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Frankie Montas.
MORE: Carlos Correa gives Giants their star power, but upgrades still needed
Carlos Rodon contract details
The Yankees agreed with Rodon on a six-year, $162 million contract, a $27 million average annual value.
That AAV puts Rodon in the neighborhood of Chris Sale and Marcus Stroman for the 2023 season.
The contract also includes a full no-trade clause, meaning if the Yankees decide to deal Rodon, he’ll be able to pick where he goes, to a degree.
MORE: Why Judge re-signed with the Yankees after flirting with Giants, reported huge offer from Padres
Prior to the 2022 season, the Giants signed Rodon to a two-year, $44 million contract that included an opt-out after the first year. Rodon opted out after the ’22 season to test the free-agent market. He made his second consecutive All-Star Game appearance en route to going 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA and an ERA+ of 140 for San Francisco.
While those numbers didn’t quite live up to his 2021 numbers with the White Sox, they were more than enough for him to test the open market and find a long-term home.
Get Best News and Web Services here