The New York Yankees crossed the biggest item off of their offseason shopping list when they locked Aaron Judge up with a nine year contract. Now it is time to focus on the rest of their shopping list.
That may begin with the rotation. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Yankees are expected to make an offer to Carlos Rodon in the next few days as they look to improve their pitching staff.
Carlos Rodon exactly what New York Yankees need
It will be interesting to see how close the Yankees come to Rodon’s expected demands. He is supposedly looking for at least a seven year deal worth a minimum of $200 million, numbers that the Yankees may not be comfortable approaching. However, considering the pitching market this offseason, Rodon may get the type of contract he is hoping for.
Rodon also has the advantage of being the last of the top tier of starters left on the market. Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander have long since signed and teams are beginning to thin out the second and third tiers of pitching. If a team is looking to make a drastic improvement to the rotation, Rodon is that option.
He is also what the Yankees need in their rotation. Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes are one of the better 1-2 punches in the game but the Yankees need more. Luis Severino pitched well last season but has not made 20 appearances in a major league season since 2018. Domingo German has likewise been snakebitten by injuries. Frankie Montas was a disappointment and battled injuries of his own.
Being a perfect fit does not mean anything. The Giants would like to bring Rodon back as well. The Orioles, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Twins have been linked to his market as well. And it is entirely possible that another team, such as the Angels or Cubs, jump in to his market as well. If the Yankees are going to bring Rodon on board, they need to be prepared to pay up.
The New York Yankees are reportedly looking to make an offer to Carlos Rodon. He would be the type of starter they need in their rotation.