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The New York Yankees are going to have one of the best rotations in baseball in 2023.
The Yankees signed free agent pitcher Carlos Rodón to a six-year, $162 million contract, ESPN’s jeff passan reported on Thursday. He joins a rotation that already included Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino.
Rodón, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Chicago White Sox, had a breakout season in 2021. He went 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 132.2 innings in 24 starts on the road. to his first All-Star Selection.
He signed with the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2022 season and earned his second straight All-Star selection after going 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 237 strikeouts in 178 innings in 31 starts.
Rodón is expected to replicate that success at the Pinstripes in 2023 and beyond, as the Yankees hope to win their first World Series title in more than a decade.
MLB Twitter is already excited about the Yankees’ signing and “stacked” rotation for 2023:
dan federico @danjfederico
It was always a matter of time. The Yankees had their sights set on Rodón from day one and did not want to go beyond six years.
On paper, this gives the Yankees one of the best rotations ever. A long way to go, but it doesn’t get much better than Cole-Rodon-Sevy-Nestor-Montas https://t.co/NePD6wbr6i
Andy Martino @martinonyc
Great achievement to make the Yankees better than last season, when the team won the AL East. And Frankie Montas is still there as an x factor. https://t.co/YFrmfbok13
Bronx pinstripes @BronxStripes
Fangraphs now rank the Yankees’ rotation as the best in baseball (ahead of the Mets). pic.twitter.com/heckoFqH1s
Yair Rosenberg @Yair_Rosenberg
Yankees projected rotation:
It looks good. https://t.co/518kZysSBK
Jon B. Wolfsthal @J.B.Wolfsthal
The @Yankees they’re tired of fucking around and I have a feeling they’re not done yet.
david lennon @D.P.Lennon
#Yankees get a great turnover boost at a reasonable price. NY is the center of the baseball universe this offseason. https://t.co/f6wI4DajuA
The Yankees have been one of the best teams in baseball for a while now, but they’ve been missing the extra piece to overcome the hurdle and make it to the World Series. Could Rodon be the missing piece of the puzzle?
Only time will tell.