Pitcher Joely Rodríguez stays for 1 year with Yankees


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Pitcher Joely Rodríguez stays for 1 year with Yankees

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Left-hander Joely Rodriguez and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $ 2 million contract Wednesday night, three days after New York rejected a $ 3 million option in favor of a $ 500,000 purchase.

In addition to his salary, Rodriguez can earn $ 250,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched: $ 50,000 each for 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70.

Rodriguez, 29, was acquired from Texas on July 29 from outfielder Joey Gallo by minor league right-hander Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith. Often lined up against his opponents’ best left-handed hitters, Rodriguez was 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 21 games with the Yankees.

He finished the season 2-3 with a save and a 4.66 ERA in 52 relief appearances, the most of his career, holding left-handed hitters at .203 (12 of 59).

Rodriguez is 3-5 with a 4.62 save and ERA in four seasons with Philadelphia (2016-17), Texas (2020-21) and the Yankees. He pitched in Japan for the Central League Chunichi Dragons in 2018-19, going 3-7 with a 1.85 ERA in 90 relief appearances.

Rodriguez was not among the five pitchers the Yankees used in their loss to the Boston Red Sox in the American League wild-card game.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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