Yankees lefty Nestor Cortez sidelined arbitration Friday night by agreeing to a $2.3 million deal for 2023. According to some reports.
Cortez was then delivered inspirational message on twitter: “It’s a special day for my family and for me, especially my parents. They made a lot of sacrifices for the ‘American Dream. Always put me before their needs. Keep grinding and stay hungry for everyone’s sake. This is the start! whatever happens next. ”
In a surprise last season, playing behind slugger Aaron Judge’s American League-record 62 homers, Cortez went 14-4 with a 2.44 ERA. He finished 8th in the American league, where he received two votes for his young votes. He pitched his 158 1/3 innings—his previous MLB career-high was his 93 innings the year before.
Cortez made his first All-Star appearance after an unexpected start in spring training and went 1-0 in the postseason to qualify for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March. bottom.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that this has been a great season for me, and for anyone who’s been able to throw what I did this year,” Cortez told YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits in December. “I think everyone was happy that I was successful.”
Now that the Yankees have added free-agent pitcher Carlos Rodon, Cortez is part of an even more impressive rotation that includes Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Frankie Montas. It is to have.
“I think the biggest hurdle was getting over 100 innings,” Cortez said. Throwing more innings than last year will be my biggest goal. Of course, try to stay as healthy as possible all year round. I think lower ERA, more strikeouts, fewer baserunners are all related to being healthy. If I am healthy, I think I can do it again. ”
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