Report: "Sizeable Gap" After Yankees First Offer To Carlos Rodon


The New York Yankees have made their first official offer to try to lure the best available arm left on the free agent market. But at this point, there appears to be a "sizeable gap", according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Carlos Rodon is reported to want a 7-year contract worth $30M per season. That would put the total package over $200M. The Yankees, at this point at least, haven't gone there.

Rodon remains the Yankees’ top priority despite the gap, and the sides are expected to work on potential compromises over the next few days.

The Yankees are said to be the 30-year-old pitcher's preferred destination, but Heyman goes on to note that while Rodon is still the Yankees' first choice, they will quickly pivot to their second option left on the pitching market, Nate Eovaldi, if they can't work it out with Rodon.

The St. Louis Cardinals are said to be another top suitor for Rodon, in addition to the Minnesota Twins who had their $285M offer turned down from their free agent shortstop; perhaps they divert a lot of those funds to their top pitching target. 

The San Francisco Giant were supposedly in the running to try to bring Rodon back, but their $350M spent late Tuesday night on a shortstop could possibly preclude them from spending another insane amount on Rodon.

After watching their division rival Toronto Blue Jays solidify their rotation with Chris Bassitt on Tuesday, the Yankees are hoping to assemble their own Big Four starters by adding Rodon to Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino. 

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