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Yankees signs Julie Rodriguez contract

CARLSBUDD, CA – Dominican left-winger Joelly Rodriguez and the Yankees agreed a one-year, $2 million deal on Wednesday.

Just three days ago, the team declined to exercise the $3 million option and settled on a $500,000 cancellation.

In addition to his salary, Rodriguez could earn $250,000 in appearance bonuses: 50,000 per 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70.

Rodriguez, 29, was acquired in a commercial deal with Texas on May 29 with defensive player Joey Gallo in exchange for minor league player Glenn Otto and players Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hoover and Josh Smith.

Frequently used against the opposing team’s top hitters, Rodriguez finished 1-0 with a 2.48 ERA in 21 games for the Yankees.

He finished the season 2-3 with saves and 4.66 wins earned in 52 relief appearances, limiting the left to a .203 hit ratio (12 of 59).

Rodriguez is 3-5 with saves and a 4.62 ERA in four seasons with Philadelphia (2016-17), Texas (2020-21) and the Yankees. He was active in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons of the Central League in 2018-2019, going 3-7 and scoring 1.85 runs in 90 relief matches.

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