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Yankees' Rodón: I have 'stuff to prove' this season

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Carlos Rodón is ready to turn the page on his first season with the New York Yankees after posting the worst numbers of his career amid an injury-riddled campaign.

"I just feel like I got some stuff to prove, and I want to stay on the field a lot longer than I did last year," Rodón said Monday, according to Greg Joyce of the New York Post.

The left-hander authored a 6.85 ERA with 1.45 WHIP and 64 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings (14 starts) after inking a six-year, $162-million deal in December 2022.

"I know I've got to be better," Rodón added. "Listen, I'll be transparent with you. All of us are human. We hear everything. Now whether that eats at you, or do you actually listen and dive into it, that's a person-by-person basis. But you're eventually going to crack an egg when you hear it a thousand times.

"I know I'm being transparent and honest: It is hard, but as a New York Yankee, that is our job, to keep that shell tough. Good thing it was the end of the year and I got to move on and forget about baseball and come back refreshed and let's start at it again."

The 31-year-old was named an All-Star in back-to-back seasons in 2021-22 while logging a combined 310 2/3 innings with the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox.

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