The New York Yankees made some big moves this winter, re-signing slugger and MVP Aaron Judge while also adding left-hander Carlos Rodon.
Rodon joined the Yankees on a six-year, $162 million deal this offseason after a strong season with the San Francisco Giants.
The lefty went 14-8 and posted a 2.88 ERA.
However, things didn’t go according to plan in his first showing as a Yankee.
The 30-year-old logged two innings, but was chased in the third before recording an out.
Rodon’s final line was not pretty.
He allowed five runs on six hits and walked a batter, in what was a rough showing.
Carlos Rodón in his first spring training appearance as a Yankee.
Just getting his work in. pic.twitter.com/p7L7aCdThI
— Barstool Baseball (@Starting9) March 5, 2023
It’s only spring training, so there really isn’t any reason for the Yankees or their fans to be overly concerned about Rodon’s outing.
Still, it likely was not the way Rodon envisioned his spring training debut playing out, nor was it a good performance by any stretch of the imagination.
Rodon has joined a rotation that already includes Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino, and Domingo German.
The starting rotation should be a strength for the Yankees in 2023 with the veteran left-hander at the top, but the Yankees are hoping that Sunday’s outing was just a fluke and that he’ll be fine once the regular season starts.
It certainly wasn’t the best showing for the left-hander.
But again, it is still spring training, and there is no reason for the Yankees or their fans to be alarmed by Rodon’s rough outing yesterday.
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