Carlos Rodón signs with the Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Chicago White Sox just lost a big arm. Left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodón has agreed to a new contract with the San Francisco Giants.
It’s a two-year contract worth $44 million and an opt-out after the first season.
The White Sox did not make a qualifying offer for Rodón, which his agent Scott Boras agreed to. Boras even said “thank you” to the White Sox during his annual GM meetings with members of the media.
The $18.4 million over one year was not in the cards for either party. Boras made it clear that they were pursuing a multi-year deal “and weren’t going to sign a one-year deal.”
This contract has earned Rodón more than just this qualifying offer and another quick bite in free agency if he can have another impressive season.
The White Sox drafted Rodón third overall in the 2014 draft and he has never played for another organization.
The 2021 season was Rodón’s breakout campaign after the injury-plagued 2019 and 2020 seasons. Rodón nearly pitched a perfect game, settling for a no-hitter and earning the first All-Star selection.
His 2.37 ERA in 2021 was the best of his career despite shoulder pain and fatigue that derailed his meteoric start later in the season. He was expected due to the increased workload after the short 2019 and 2020 seasons with a significantly lower workload.
While White Sox general manager Rick Hahn hasn’t ruled out Rodón’s return, the White Sox have a talent stalemate in the starting rotation. Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, Dallas Keuchel and Michael Kopech are all positioned to start for the Sox in 2022, and re-signing Rodón would have presented a conundrum.
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