SAN DIEGO — The Yankees are focusing on Carlos Rodon following the document Aaron Choose deal for a wide range of causes, comparable to:
1. They perceive they nonetheless want to shut the hole with the Astros;
2. They want to please Choose, who’s advised them he’d like to see some enhancements (why not!);
3. They’d love one other star for the rotation and in addition a lefty;
The Yankees are focusing on Carlos Rodon. USA TODAY Sports activities
4. They imagine the Miami native Rodon needs to be in New York, or a minimum of east, and;
5. They really relish Rodon’s tough-guy rep, as they don’t thoughts including a little bit extra edge to the clubhouse (a la Josh Donaldson), and determine Choose — who’s set to change into captain — can management issues.
Whereas they’re extra-motivated following the thirteenth straight season with out a World Collection, the difficulty would be the contract, and the market is flying, with contract lengths escalating even for gamers who’re 30 or older.
Rodon is barely 30, however the Yankees wish to hold him to a four- or five-year deal max, which goes to be an attention-grabbing purpose in a market the place three stars now have contracts that take them to 40 years outdated. Rodon was wholesome and terrific in 2022, however he does have an harm historical past (the Yankees noticed his medicals on the commerce deadline earlier than the Giants determined to go for it and maintain on to him, so they’re clearly snug even when there’s imperfection).
The incumbent Giants, who’ve loads of loot left over from their Choose strive (they set the market with a really logical $360 million bid and may need been prepared so as to add a yr to take them to $390 million or so), however the Yankees’ hope is that Rodon prefers to be east. That’s a theme this yr, with Trea Turner taking $42 million much less to go to Philly than what the Padres have been prepared to go, Xander Bogaerts (who was thought to favor to remain in Boston earlier than the Padres blew them out with the beautiful $280 million bid), the Georgia native Dansby Swanson and naturally Choose.
The Dodgers, Rangers, Mets, Twins, Orioles and presumably Blue Jays are amongst others who’ve expressed curiosity in Rodon. However the Dodgers appear to wish to go brief with most, the Rangers already added Jacob deGrom, the Mets appear centered on Brandon Nimmo and Kodai Senga (and maybe Nate Eovaldi), the Twins are extra eying famous person shortstop Carlos Correa and Rodon’s in all probability wealthy for the Orioles. So the opening is there for the Yankees.