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Carlos Rodon reacts after walking Logan Porter in the first inning of the Yankees’ 12-5 loss to the Royals. Getty Images

Carlos Rodon, who joined the New York Yankees with high expectations last off-season, faced enormous challenges throughout his debut season. Firstly, his debut got delayed by two months owing to multiple injury setbacks. To further add to the misery, the pitcher’s rhythm went for a toss as a result of constant setbacks.

Carlos Rodon concluded his debut season in pinstripes with a 6.85 ERA across 14 starts. Moreover, due to contract complications, the Yankees cannot get rid of him just yet. However, a WFAN radio host named Sal Licata urged the Bronx Bombers to pull the plug even if it costs them a fortune, as it’s the right way forward.


“Pay Him The Money And Have Him Go Away,” Says Sal Licata On Carlos Rodon!

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Carlos Rodon in the Yankees dugout during a game against the Orioles last week. Getty Images

Criticism and scrutiny are an inherent part of professional sports. And New York Yankees starter Carlos Rodon has found himself under the spotlight following a challenging first season with the team. Injuries, inconsistencies on the mound, and perhaps high expectations all played a role in shaping the narrative surrounding Rodon’s debut season in pinstripes. Additionally, underwhelming numbers also worked against him. Having said that, the pitcher has five more years left on the contract. Thus, even if the Yanks were to move him, they could not due to the full no-trade clause. Backing him for the near future remains the franchise’s only choice at the moment.

However, WFAN Radio host Sal Licata believes otherwise. He says the Yankees must get rid of him even if it costs them a fortune. Carlos Rodon is a bust and cannot thrive in the Bronx, reckons Licata. “If I’m the Yankees, I look to pay down maybe half of that salary and get him the hell out of here,” said Licata. Having said that, it’s easier said than done. Undoubtedly, Rodon has endured a hard time. But at the end of the day, it was his first season under different dynamics. And needless to say, it’s not easy to play for New York and perform consistently. The pressure often gets to the newly joined players. Thus, it seems ideal for the Yankee front office to back the pitcher for at least a couple of more seasons. Better pay him to improve in the Bronx rather than see him thrive elsewhere on your own money.

Yankees Engaged In Conversation With Rays Regarding Manuel Margot!

Manuel Margot missed 15 games with a left hamstring strain, and while the Rays did okay without him, going 11-4, they certainly missed his right-handed hitting, speed and solid play across the outfield. [ ARIELLE BADER | Times ]

With Jason Dominguez’s UCL injury, the New York Yankees are in dire need of a center fielder. Well, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has learned that the Bronx-based team held several conversations with AL-East rivals Tampa Bay Rays to enquire about Manuel Margot. Interestingly, Margot was also linked to the Yanks during the 2023 season’s trade deadline.

In an injury-plagued season, Manuel Margot slashed .264/.310/.376 with four home runs and 38 RBIs across 99 games. He is owed $10 million in 2024, with a club option for 2025. The center fielder has enough experience to back his candidacy. But troubling injury history coupled with lack of consistency could work against him.