New York combined with a record-setting contract to defend the MVP and landed the top starting pitcher left. Aaron Judge As part of a bigger season. The guarantee is related to this. Brandon Nimmo For the sixth-biggest season. Rodon completes the second-largest contract among free agent pitchers, narrowly trailing his five-year, $185 million deal. Jacob said. Marked with the Rangers.
It’s the end of an impressive two-season run for Rodon. The lefty turned professional eight years ago, selected by the White Sox with the third overall pick in 2014. Possessing a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, he was considered a potential top-of-the-rotation starter who would quickly reach the big leagues. Rodon Midway through the 2015 campaign, he found himself on the south side of Chicago and by the end of the following season, he had posted a 3.90 ERA in 304 1/3 innings.
Unfortunately, the Miami native’s career has been sidelined by injuries. Rodon He missed part of the 2017 campaign with biceps bursitis, then underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in September. It didn’t start until June of the following year, it started on the 20th. He was diagnosed with an elbow problem at the start of the following season. He went back under the knife on May 19, this time having a Tommy John procedure. He missed the rest of that year and returned for four games at the end of the 2020 campaign.
A growing injury crisis has left the White Sox unwilling to extend his contract through 2021. Chicago turned around at the end of the season and brought him back with a $3MM free agent deal. That move was met with fair criticism, but it turned out to be one of the best moves of GM Rick Hahn’s tenure.
Rodon He was brilliant in 2021, earning his first All-Star nod with a 2.31 ERA over 89 2/3 innings. He looked on his way to a Cy Young Award in August when he suffered some shoulder fatigue. Rodon missed just a few weeks and continued to pitch well when he returned, though his velocity slowed toward the end of the season. The southpaw finished the year with a 2.37 ERA and a career-high 34.6% strikeout percentage over 132 2/3 innings. He came fifth in the Cy Young voting.
A year-end shoulder issue and increased velocity, however, seemed to scare Chicago’s front office. They made the eyebrow-raising decision not to make a qualifying offer, allowing Rodon to hit the open market without draft compensation. He remained on the open market after the lockout, when the Giants added him to a two-year 44mm guarantee. The deal includes an opt-out clause in 2022 when Rodon reaches 110 innings. It was an opportunity for the star forward to bet on himself, knowing that a nine-figure deal could be in the cards in 2021 entirely dependent on a healthy season.
Rodon did exactly that, doubling in perhaps the best season of his career. He stayed healthy all year, making 31 starts and pitching a career-high 178 innings. Rodon worked up to a 2.88 ERA. He earned the nod for a second straight All-Star streak and was one of the game’s best at-bats. Rodon struck out 33.4% of opponents with a solid 7.3% walk rate. Among pitchers with 100+ innings, only Braves rookie Spencer Strider The assigned percentage achieved better results. provocative, Shohei Ohtani, Max Scherzer And Gerrit Coll They were the only pitchers with a big gap between their hitters and their walks.
Almost, Rodon’s Arsenal have not had a bad run since the 2021 season. His fastball averages 95.5 mph, making him one of the hardest-throwing lefties in the game. He generated high-level spin and whiff velocities on both his fastball and slider, and opposing hitters struck out 14.1 percent of his total hits. Rodon’s batting split from both sides of the plate; He held graphs to a .179/.257/.260 line, while platoon advantage hitters put together just a .207/.264/.319 mark.
A second season, this one with no health concerns, has made the 30-year-old one of the sport’s top players. His career took a more winding path than expected during the draft, but Rodon became a top-flight starter. He made the easy decision to opt out of his deal with San Francisco after meeting the required innings cap, and quickly declined a qualifying offer.
It looks like an elite Yankee rotation right now. New York observed. Jameson Taillon Get up with radon addition but it will improve. They are supported by a split storm Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino And Frankie Montas. The latter two Hurricanes have had some injury concerns in the recent past, but if healthy they’ve been more than capable as fourth and fifth starters. Domingo Germany, Clark Schmidt And hope Randy Vasquez If any of the top five starters get hurt, they have depth options on hand to step in.
Rodon was one of three aces in free agency, joining deGrom and Justin Verlander. As the youngest of that trio, he always seemed to secure the longest deal. Despite deGrom’s five-year contract and a tougher-than-expected market for middle-of-the-season starters, Rodon’s camp is seeking a $200,000 past seven-year deal, making the six-year deal the longest for any pitcher this summer. inter alia. It’s just shy of that lofty promise, but a six-year commitment of 162mm is pretty strong for a pot.
It’s the first six-year commitment for a free agent pitcher since Cole. Stephen Strasburg By the 2019-20 season, that was pushed to nine and seven years, respectively. Patrick Corbin ($140mm) and Yu Darvish ($120mm) are the only open marketers to reach six years since the start of the 2016 campaign. At the start of the offseason, MLBTR projected Rodon to a five-year, $140MM deal.
The deal pushes them further into luxury tax territory, so New York’s rates are higher than their salaries. The Yankees were already prepared to pay the residual tax, and adding Rodon would push them to a higher penalty level. The contract comes with an average annual value of $27MM, bringing New York’s CBT figure to within a rounding error of the $293MM mark. That’s the cut for the fourth CBT level and puts them about $60MM north of the $233MM base limit.
New York already paid the luxury tax in 2022, so as a repeat taxpayer they face a hefty penalty. The Yankees will pay $20MM in overtime ($6MM) on the first, 42% on the next $20MM ($8.4MM), 75% on the next $20MM ($15MM), and 90% in taxes. Over $293m. Signing Rodon pushes them firmly into the third cap, essentially a tax of around $18MM. The $27MM salary brings their total gross salary to $277MM, which would easily be a franchise record.
Beyond the third limit, it would push the Yankees’ first draft pick up ten spots in 2024. Meanwhile, signing a player who waived eligibility will have a significant impact on the 2023 draft. A group that paid the CBT in 2022 faces the maximum penalty, as in New York. They lose their second- and fifth-highest picks in next summer’s amateur draft, and their global bonus allocation is reduced by 1MM.
The Giants will get compensation for Rodon’s departure. As a group, those who have not received revenue sharing payments or paid CBT this year, will receive a bonus pick between Round B and the start of the third round (typically around 75th overall). San Francisco was seemingly ready to release its roster for Rodon by bringing a pair of their preferred shortstop aboard. Sean Manaea And Ross Stripling On two-year guarantees.
Rodon off the board. Dansby Swanson He is the last remaining free agent who can get a nine-figure deal. The free agent rotation market is mostly covered at the top end Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Wacha, Johnny Cueto, Corey Kluber And Drew Rusinski As some great options are still available. Needless to say, none of those teams have the kind of fan base that Rodon does. It’s a bold bet from the Yankees as they look to advance to the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2009, hoping to add an impact arm to the playoff rotation.
More to come.