NEW YORK — Carlos Rodon has had a new shave and a new haircut. He was wearing pinstripes for the first time.
“You’ll get used to it. There will be days when you push the envelope a little bit and I have to come to you,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the All-Star lefty.
Rodon appeared beardless at a Yankee Stadium press conference, one day after his six-year, $162 million contract was announced, abiding by team grooming rules. He knows that the team and its fans expect success after the season.
“As we know, it’s the Yankee way,” Rodon said after pulling on a No. 1 jersey. 55.
Rodon receives a $5 million signing bonus payable within 30 days of MLB approval, a $22 million salary next year, and $27 million in each remaining season.
He joins a rotation led by Gerrit Cole and planned to include Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino and Frankie Montas.
“We are so convinced you will be successful here,” Yankees president Randy Levine told Rodon.
Rodon went 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA in his only season with San Francisco, setting career highs for hits, starts (31), innings (178), and strikeouts (237). The 30-year-old southpaw earned his second consecutive All-Star selection.
Rodon was let go by the White Sox after an injury-ridden 2020 season. Lui re-signed with his first big league team to a one-year, $3 million deal, and then began showing the form that made the southpaw the No. 3 pick in the 2014 amateur draft.
Working with White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz, Rodon went 13-5 with a career low 2.37 ERA in 24 starts in 2021. He pitched a no-hitter against Cleveland that April for his first career shutout and second complete game.
Rodon agreed to a two-year, $44 million deal with San Francisco in March. But he dropped out after one season, giving up a $22.5 million salary for the next year and becoming a free agent.
Rodon looked like a potential star as he went 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in the last eight starts of his rookie season with Chicago in 2015. But injuries kept getting in the way.
He was limited to 12 starts in 2017 due to left bicep bursitis and left shoulder inflammation, and then underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in September.
He started the 2018 season on the injured list while recovering from shoulder surgery and then returned in June. But he had Tommy John surgery on May 15, 2019, ending another season.
Rodon is 56-46 with a 3.60 ERA in 152 major league appearances over eight seasons. He has 947 strikeouts in 847 1/3 innings.
Clean-shaven Carlos Rodón wears the Yankees pinstripes that originally appeared on NBCSports.com