Left-handed starter Carlos Rodon has agreed to terms with the New York Yankees on a six-year, $162 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday.
Rodon, 30, remained the top pitcher on the market after opting out of a contract with the San Francisco Giants after last season. In 2022, he was 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA, pitching a career-high 178 innings in 31 starts. He also earned his second straight All-Star selection.
Rodon was the third overall pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2014 draft, but struggled with injuries during the early part of his career before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He returned to elite form in 2021, posting a 2.37 ERA in 24 starts, though the White Sox were cautious with him. He never pitched more than five innings over the last two months of the season.
Even with his success that year, the White Sox did not release Rodon that offseason, resulting in a two-year deal with the Giants. It included opting out, which he chose to do in November.
Rodon joins owners Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino and Frankie Montas in a Yankees rotation that ranked fourth in ERA last year. That ranking was no indication of some second-half struggles as the Yankees were eliminated by the Houston Astros in the postseason.
The deal, first reported by the New York Post, is the latest for agent Scott Boras, who is having yet another rich offseason. Other deals for his clients include: Carlos Correa ($350 million), Xander Bogaerts ($280 million), Brandon Nimmo ($162 million), Masataka Yoshida ($90 million), Taewan Walker ($72 million), Sean Manea ($25 million) and Cody Bellinger. ($17.5 million).
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Rodon’s deal is the second-largest contract the Yankees have ever given a pitcher by total value, surpassed only by Cole’s $324 million deal in 2019. Rodon is getting $1 million more than CC Sabathia’s $161 million deal with the Yankees in 2008.
Between Rodon and Aaron Judge, who signed a nine-year, $360 million contract earlier this month to remain with the Yankees, the team has guaranteed $522 million in contracts this offseason.
Rodon has a career record of 56-46 with a 3.60 ERA.
He won’t have to wait long to face his former Giants team, as the Yankees are set to host San Francisco on opening day of the 2023 season.