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Two years ago, White Sox Undrafted Carlos Rodon because they didn’t think he was worth a $4.45 million salary bump. He had no place in their rotation. Anyone could sign it. Chicago brought him back with a salary cut of up to $3 million.

Twenty-four months later, the Yankees made Rodon the third most expensive left-handed pitcher in history. New York and Rodon agreed to the first six-year contract for a pitcher since 2019, worth $162 million, an average annual value of $27 million. David Price and Clayton Kershaw are the only lefties to sign contracts with greater total and average annual values. Rodon, 30, has only played two qualifying seasons.

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