MLB Rumors: Another Team "Priced Out Of" Rodon's Market

While the New York Yankees work hard to try to find common ground with the contract demands of Carlos Rodon, one team that was said to be a serious suitor has now apparently been "priced out of" the market. 

According to sources, it’s unlikely the Cardinals would shell out the years and money Rodón is coveting at this time. 

That's the word from Cardinals beat writer Katie Woo of The Athletic. 

Rodon's asking price is said to be over $200M — seven years at $30M per — and so far, even the Yankees seem to be balking at that figure.  

It would certainly be rarified air for the Cardinals, for whom the largest contract ever handed out was the five-year, $130M extension they gave to Paul Goldschmidt in 2019.

Jacob deGrom, a two-time Cy Young winner who is generally regarded as the greatest pitcher of this generation when he's healthy, didn't even get a total value contract of $200M, "settling" for $185M over five years from the Texas Rangers. 

In fact, you can count on two fingers the number of starters who got over $30M per year this offseason—deGrom and Justin Verlander. 

As starting pitchers continue to drop off the free agent board, Rodon is by far the biggest prize remaining, however, followed by a steep dropoff to the next set of available arms. 

The incumbent San Francisco Giants are thought to be another potential team still in the bidding. 

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