Wouldn’t it just have been easier for the New York Yankees to import loud and passionate personalities without there being some sort of beef with their highest-paid player?
It’s not that anybody necessarily opposes the trade for Josh Donaldson, but there were just other ways to go about this, especially since his spat with Gerrit Cole was still fairly raw and unresolved before the two had a “productive conversation” and determined winning a World Series was more important than jabs about Spider Tack.
Agree with the Donaldson deal or not, it does make the Yankees better … but it also confuses us. They’re paying $25 million per season for Donaldson through the 2023 season and had much greater needs than third base.
On the totem pole, shortstop, first base, starting rotation, center field and bullpen represented more important roster areas to address. The Yankees did get their shortstop in Isiah Kiner-Falefa, but they also inherited all of Donaldson’s money and rid themselves of a cost-effective, versatile infielder in Gio Urshela.
So if they were willing to spend that kind of money on Donaldson and were even open to going to $25 million per year for Justin Verlander, it still hardly makes sense why they weren’t willing to pay what the San Francisco Giants did for Carlos Rodón, who would’ve filled an important rotation spot while also bringing the necessary fire this team needs.
Did we mention he doesn’t care about slinging the ball in cold weather? Isn’t that an important factor when playing in New York, where it’s still nippy in April and then returns to that climate come October?
Carlos Rodón’s view on cold weather would’ve made him a great Yankees fit
He already showed he’s capable of doing so in the Windy City and had no issue with such conditions when weighing his free agency decision. “Cold is a mindset” would’ve played very well in the Bronx.
Rodón already changed his profile picture to one of him in a Giants uniform. Could this guy have more of an all-in personality? How eager would he have been to toss on the pinstripes and get to work alongside Cole?
Everyone was calling for a game-changing starter to help deepen the rotation and give the Yankees that edge they’ve lacked for so long. But the front office seems content riding the wave of an overachieving 2021 season for the unit, which doesn’t bode well for the eventual and expected regression when you factor in the many question marks.
Rodón wouldn’t have come without concerns, but his attitude and character (without any baggage, unlike Donaldson) would’ve helped transform the roster for the better.