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.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón and the New York Yankees are in agreement on a six-year, $162 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2022
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.
Freddie Freeman and Carlos Rodon have the exact same contract.
This tweet doesn’t really mean anything, but that’s the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the deal. https://t.co/Vht5JTbXXD
— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) December 16, 2022
Both are great players, but, hey, I’ll take Freeman at that price any day.
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