Yankees sign Carlos Rodon to big deal, need World Series payoff

Two years ago, the White Sox non-tendered Carlos Rodón because they didn’t think he was worth a raise from his $4.45 million salary. He had no place in their rotation. Anyone could have signed him. Chicago brought him back with a pay cut, to $3 million.

Twenty-four months later, the Yankees made Rodon the third most expensive left-handed pitcher in history. New York and Rodón agreed on the first six-year contract for a pitcher since 2019, at the cost of $162 million, a $27 million average annual value. David Price and Clayton Kershaw are the only lefthanders to sign contracts of greater overall and average annual values. Rodon, 30, has thrown only two qualified seasons.

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