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Breaking: Yankees Get LHP Rodon

Jon Heyman was the first to report and provide figures for the agreement on a 6 Year/$162 Million deal for the left-handed pitcher!

 

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Ethan's Thoughts:

I am proud of the Yankees. The Yankees haven't just gone after and gotten one good player this offseason, but they have made a conceited effort to go out and get the guys that they like, that they want, and that they believe will help make this team a winner going forward.


Last offseason, the Yankees biggest contract they gave a free agent was 2-Year/$32 Million for Anthony Rizzo (who opted out). No other deal they made that offseason was for more than $10 Million overall.


In 2021, the biggest contract was 6-Years/$90 Million for DJ LeMahieu. Only Corey Kluber broke the $10 Million threshold (with a 1-Year/$11 Million deal) that year.


In 2020 it was 9-Years/$324 Million for Gerrit Cole. Only Brett Gardner broke the $10 Million threshold (with a 1-Year/$12.5 Million deal) that year.


This year the Yankees have signed 4 players to deals guaranteeing over $10 Million overall. For the first time in a long time, it really feels like the Yankees have been pushed into that mode that they must, and will, spend to win. Aaron Judge just collected $360,000,000. Anthony Rizzo was given $40,000,000. Tommy Kahnle came back for $11,500,000. And now we have Carlos Rodon at $162,000,000.


It will sound crazy to those who don't understand, but the buck cannot stop here. The Yankees have to be willing to continue to build a powerhouse. That's what they did in 2009 by bringing in CC Sabathia AND Mark Texieria AND AJ Burnett AND Andy Pettitte. They also traded for Nick Swisher. They continued to make moves and moves and moves.


The necessary steps from here will be moving on from Josh Donaldson (and his $25 Million salary), Aaron Hicks (and his 3/$30 Million salary), and maybe even Gleyber Torres (and his likely $10 Million salary) while bringing in the right talent to figure out the rest of the team.


Today will be looked at as a good day to be a Yankees fan, regardless of if they win IF they continue to deal. If they don't, it'll be another sign to point to of the team doing just enough to get us interested. If they do continue to fight and deal and sign, then this is the move that really shows a changing of the tide of ownership and I'd owe Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman an apology for doubting them.


I look forward to seeing what comes next! Hey, maybe they'll even take my advice and look at a left fielder on the trade market that I will be addressing all throughout next week!


Paul's Thoughts:

(From the previous article):

  • YES!

  • YES!!

  • YES!!!

  • The Yankees are baseball's most valuables franchise, worth about seven billion dollars. For years and years and years and years and years and years, I have wanted the Yankees to go all-in and acquire not just some of the talent they need to compete but whatever talent they need to compete. The Yankees just went big and improved the 2022 team in a significant way.

  • When the Yankees win, they most often have high quality left-handed starting pitching. They just acquired the best left-handed starting pitcher available.

  • I like this rotation:

  1. Gerrit Cole

  2. Carlos Rodon

  3. Luis Severino

  4. Nestor Cortes

  5. Frankie Montas

  • This week we were debating, a lot, about which team is better on paper, which team is going all-in, and etc... the Yankees or the Mets. I kept saying the Mets were more all-in than the Yankees, but that the Yankees could change all that. Guess what? They're doing that now.

  • Great Job Mr. Steinbrenner and Mr. Cashman!

  • I also shared my hope, for a few years now, that once the Mets starting to compete for the hearts and dollars of New York that the Yankees would have to act in a similar manner. They seem to be doing just that.

  • The Yankees are playing in the deep-end of the pool. This is what they need to do. And it's great!

  • The job, though, is not finished. There is more to do. The Yankees need a left-fielder, preferably a left-handed one with some power and high contact skills. I eagerly await the NEXT BIG MOVE.

  • With the rotation listed about, one (or both of) Clarke Schmidt and Domingo German are now available in a trade. Might one (or both) with a prospect (or two) be able to land the Yankees a top left-handed hitting left fielder?

  • THIS IS FUN!

  • Watching the Yankees acquiring top talent is fun .

  • VERY FUN!

  • Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

31 commenti


Mike Whiteman
16 dic 2022

In the crazy context of this year's free agency, this is a heck of a deal. With seven/eight year deals being rumored, the Yanks got away with six years and under 30 million annually. Now the Yanks could have afforded seven, eight or even nine years, but you hate to see the team, no matter how vast the resources, pay bad money on a player. Rodon will be under contract through his age 35 season, which should be just fine.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
16 dic 2022
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I agree!


Who could have predicated that?! :)

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yankeesblog
16 dic 2022

There's a fine line between dreams and delusions. While your trade proposal actually represents fair value its highly likely that other teams, like say the Dodgers, can offer more. Plus you don't want to trade all those guys for a rental - even an Ohtani rental. You seem to forget that Ohtani declined to even let the Yankees make an offer when he was posted. What makes you think he's changed his mind? I mean are you a friend of the family? The other elephant in the room you ignore is that Ohtani does not play a position in the field. He's a pitcher and a DH. The Yankees already have a DH who is not suited to play in field…

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yankeesblog
16 dic 2022
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This was supposed to be a reply to fuster's post about an Ohtani trade.

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cpogo0502
16 dic 2022

I commend the Yankees on making this necessary move. Adding another left starter is perfect for Yankee Stadium and the big, deep left field. Now on to a left fielder (Bryan Reynolds?) and add to the the bullpen.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
16 dic 2022
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Yes sir. The job isn't finished!

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Lincoln Mitchell
Lincoln Mitchell
16 dic 2022

This was a great move. Rodon was the best free agent on the market.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
16 dic 2022

I think you mean "concerted effort." Though Hal and Cash would justifiably be impressed with themselves for this off-season.


P.S. I'd rather have German as the fifth starter. Trade Montas. He reeks of "can't pitch in New York."

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
16 dic 2022
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Funny, I disagree. I'd rather have Montas. He was hurt last year. I'd rather see what he can do, plus, if he is better, maybe German can get the Yankees more than Montas would.

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