The New York Yankees today announced that they have signed LHP Joely Rodríguez to a one-year Major League contract.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 11, 2021
While you may have been getting ready for bed, the Yankees announced the team’s first free agent signing of the offseason. The team brought back lefty reliever Joely Rodríguez just a few days after declining his $3 million option for the 2022 season. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million. Note that the $500,000 buyout was the Rangers’ responsibility.Embed from Getty Images
Rodríguez, who turns 30 on Sunday, was terrific for the Yankees this season. He came over to New York along with Joey Gallo in the same deal with Texas before the trade deadline.
In 21 games (19 innings), J-Rod posted a 2.84 ERA and 3.01 FIP. The southpaw is somewhat of a misfit given that he’s far better against left-handed hitters in the time of the three-batter minimum rule, but the Yankees seemed to make the most of that skillset this year. He was death to left-handed hitters, who struck out 28.6 percent of the time against him.
The Yankees’ 40-man roster is now full with this signing, but you can expect some reshuffling in the coming week or so. The Rule 5 draft protection deadline is next Friday, and the Yankees could make a trade or two to clear space for some prospects to add.