3:21 pm: Rodon will earn $ 21.5MM in 2022 and $ 22.5MM in 2023. Tweet USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
3:07 pm: Giants reached $ 44 million in deals with left-handed people for two years Carlos Rodon, Report Jeff Passan from ESPN. Boras Corporation’s client, Rodon, can opt out of his contract after the first year of his contract. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported a while ago that Rodon was “very active” for the Giants.
Rodon, 29, is arguably the top starter on the market at this point after the 2021 breakout season. The former third place overall returned from a series of injured seasons, demonstrating the best performance of his career and dominated the American League for most of the season. Until late July, Rodon was one of Cy Young Award’s favorites, pitching to the 2.14ERA, which shines with a sensational 36.6% strikeout rate against a 6.8% walk rate.
Rodon overwhelmed the Astros on July 18th, throwing an unscored one-hit ball in seven innings and winning ten punchouts. But that was the last time the southpaw threw more than five innings on an outing. Rodon lasted only four frames and allowed four runs in each of the next two starts. He rebounded and dominated the Cubs team, who traded off most of the lineup, throwing five shutout innings and 11 strikeouts on August 7.
Rodon then hit the injured list with shoulder fatigue and returned on August 26 to make just five starts in the last 39 days of the regular season. He reached 80 pitches in only one of those five appearances, and his fastball was sitting at 93.2mph, which was then greatly reduced. Rodon was still valid at the time (2.35 ERA in 23 innings), but his strikeout rate dropped to 27.2%. Still powerful, but not an elite.
For the postseason, Rodon’s status was a question mark, but he was eventually included in the ALDS roster and was considered suitable for Game 4 qualification. Rodon threw a fastball back in the late 90’s, but the game lasted only 2 2/3 innings, and Chicago was eventually bounced off the playoffs.
Overall, Rodon finished his regular season with 132 2/3 innings, an ERA of 2.37, a strikeout rate of 34.6% and a walking rate of 6.7%. He ranked in the league leaders in terms of swing strike rate, opponent tracking, and overall strikeout rate. Statcast generally feels Rodon’s ERA is justified, pegging an “expected” ERA of 2.68 in addition to an expected ERA of .189 and a slugging percentage of .316. did.
However, further questions about Rodon’s health emerged after the White Sox chose to issue him a $ 18.4 million qualifying offer, as if shoulder troubles later in the season weren’t bothersome enough. The fact that the team that knew Rodon best wasn’t happy with the one-year contract even after that caliber season cast serious doubts on his shoulder condition.But early this morning Tweeted by Andy Martino of SNY Citing several teams that examined the southpaw, Rodon’s medical care was “actually very good.” Obviously, the Giants agreed to some extent because they thought it was appropriate to promise more than twice what Rodon received when he signed the qualifying offer. Rodon didn’t receive the QO, so the Giants don’t have to abandon the draft topic to sign him — and the White Sox doesn’t receive compensation for his departure.
Rodon’s contract may come with a two-year warranty, which is basically a more modern version of the common one-year “pillow” contract. If he stays healthy and the pitch goes well, Rodon will be the lock to opt out of the deal for a nine-digit guarantee towards his 30-year-old season in 2023 (and MLB and MLBPA). If you agree to the international draft by July 25th, you may not need to face the qualifying offer next winter. Free agent at Apple.
Signatures are not without risk for giants. Beyond shoulder troubles later in Rodon’s season, left-handed players have never played near this level before the 2021 season. This is the type of performance that both the White Sox and its fan base wanted when Rodon was drafted to third place overall and quickly ranked as one of the sport’s best pitching prospects. However, Rodon was the third or fourth starter for most of his career in Chicago, pitching to 4.01 ERA in the 4941/3 innings of 2015-18. In the process, he ranges from minor problems such as sprained wrists to more serious problems with shoulders (surgery required in September 2017) and elbows (surgery required for Tommy John in May 2017). Addressed a series of injury issues. 2019).
Danger signs aside, this kind of short-term, high-value structure is very comfortable for Giants baseball manager Farhan Zaidi. Former Dodgers general manager Zaidi frequently pursued this type of arrangement in Los Angeles. Since moving to the Giants, he has clearly preferred to avoid long-term contracts. Even if that means paying a higher annual premium. Under Zaidi, the Giants haven’t given contact with free agents longer than three years, and early in the off-season, the team tracks players who are expected to lead nine-digit deals. It was reported that he hated that.
In particular, Rodon’s annual wage of $ 22 million is in line with that of the current former Giants. Kevin Gausman In Toronto, but Gausman ordered a five-year agreement. Of course, Gausman has a good track record of durability, but Rodon certainly has the ability to match or exceed Gausman’s production if he can stay on the mound.
Rodon will be the Giants’ fourth and perhaps last rotation addition this winter. Four of San Francisco’s Five Starters — Gausman, Anthony DeSclaphany, Alex wood When Johnny Cueto — Reached a free agent at the end of the season, leaving only the up-and-coming ace Logan webb As a ’22 rotation lock.The Giants then resigned both DeSclafani (3 years, $ 36MM) and Wood (2 years, $ 25MM), adding veteran rights. Alex cobb ($ 20 million for 2 years).
With little experience behind the quintet, you can always bring some depth behind the quintet.Right-handed outside the option Tyler Beede Probably the sixth man on the depth chart, issued for a long rescue role, but with other names on the Giants’ 40 roster (eg). Sam Long, Sean Gel, Kelvin Castro) Inexperienced or not participating in majors at all.In san Francisco Corey Oswalt I’m in the camp on a minor league contract, but the front office doesn’t exactly load the depth option to cover the rotation innings in case of injury. Given that Rodon, Wood, and Cobb each have a very long history of injury, the stability of some additional veterans would be wise.
That said, the Giants could be one of the better staff in the National League, as Webb and Rodon now form a trio of formidable one-two punches and the powerful mid-rotation options behind them. .. The Giants still have work to do and are likely to find punches to add to the lineup in the coming days / weeks, but the rotation is in good shape and unlike last season’s units, at least a year. May remain the same beyond future campaigns.