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Dodgers Offseason: LHP Carlos Rodon Agrees to Deal with Yankees

The top player left on the market is officially off the board. Star LHP Carlos Rodon has signed a six-year, $162 million deal with the New York Yankees.

Rodon, who was with the Giants last year, had a lot of teams interested in his services, including the Dodgers. But in the end, it was the Yankees who made the deal, completing one of the best rotations in all of baseball.

The Dodgers showed interest in Rodon, but there were likely on the outside looking in, due to the amount of years he wanted on his deal. The Dodgers would have been interested in a one, two or three-year deal at a high AAV, but Rodon wanted something more in the six or seven range — which is what he got.

The Dodgers’ addition of Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday means they don’t have a need in the starting rotation anymore, but I could still see them adding another starter-caliber player since they’re relying on a lot of guys with history of injury. With all the top starters on the market, the Dodgers will have to look at the next wave of players to potentially fill that need.

One random note: Rodon got the exact same contract as the Dodgers gave Freddie Freeman last offseason.

Both are great players, but, hey, I’ll take Freeman at that price any day.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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4 Comments

    1. How will you know if the kids can do it if you don’t ever give them the opportunity to do it. I was at the game for Julio Urias’ debut in the bigs; he went 2 and 2/3, allowed 5 hits, 3 runs, and 4 walks. You can’t judge these guys on 1 or 2 outings. I want to see what Pepiot, Miller, Stone, Jackson, and knack have.

      1. Yeah we will see. Unfortunately Urias has been inconsistent of late especially in later innings. My point is it would be nice to have an ace that can carry the team every now and then 8 or 9 innings. Remember Kershaw in his prime? We will see.

  1. Thus, unfortunately is a transition year. If we catch “lightning in a bottle” and are contenders near the trade deadline – Dodger Mgmt will hav some big decisions to make.
    Play the young guys. Live thru the ups and downs that rookies have. Make intelligent
    Moves if needed. Patience is the key next season.

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