Carlos Rodón, a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, signed a six-year, $162 million contract last winter. Unfortunately, his first season in pinstripes did not go as he expected.
Multiple visits to the disabled list limited the left-handed pitcher to only 14 starts and 64.1 innings. Rodón's pitching performance was likewise subpar, with a 6.85 ERA, 1.45 WHIP,
and 64 strikeouts. Already in Tampa preparing for the forthcoming season, he chatted with Greg Joyce of the New York Post about his nightmarish 2023 season.
"I just feel like I got some stuff to prove, and I want to stay on the field a lot longer than I did last year," he stated before a bullpen session on February 12."I know I have to do better,"
Rodon stated. "Listen, I will be open with you. Each of us is human. We can hear everything. Now, whether that bothers you or if you genuinely listen and go into it is a personal choice.
However, if you hear something a thousand times, it will ultimately crack. I know I'm being open and honest: It's difficult, but as New York Yankees,
it's our responsibility to maintain that shell tough. Fortunately, it was the end of the year, and I was able to move on and forget about baseball, only to return refreshed and ready to start again."
The southpaw aspires to reclaim his 2021-22 performance during the 2024 season. Rodón was selected to the All-Star Game both times