New club with 'definite interest' in Rodón?

November 25th, 2022

has opted out of the final year on his two-year, $44 million contract with the Giants and is now a free agent. MLB.com is tracking the latest rumors surrounding the left-hander.

Read all about Rodón here.

Nov. 25: Twins have 'definite interest' in Rodón
According to The Athletic's Dan Hayes (subscription required), the Twins have "definite interest" in Rodón, though Hayes adds that the left-hander's price may ascend into a region that the club "might not feel comfortable paying." On the other hand, Hayes also notes that Rodón would be "one of the few difference-makers available for the Twins to acquire without having to trade away far too much prospect capital."

Minnesota, as of now, would enter the 2023 season with a starting rotation that is pretty much set, including veteran right-hander Sonny Gray at the front. But that rotation is not, as it stands today, one of the best in the American League, and could use an upgrade. The Twins, following a strong start to the 2022 campaign, went 32-49 in the second half of the season. The ERA for the starting rotation was 4.11, ranked 20th in MLB.

Nov. 24: Several teams ‘strongly in mix’ for Rodón
Rodón’s market appears to be heating up. MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi hears “a number of teams are strongly in the mix” for the left-hander.

The Rangers, Padres, Dodgers and Mets are the four most prominent Rodón suitors, according to Morosi, who notes that there’s a lot of overlap in the market for Rodón and that of the other top free-agent starting pitchers -- Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom and Kodai Senga.

Morosi reported Wednesday that Texas is among the “most serious suitors” for Rodón. SNY’s Andy Martino also has heard the Rangers consistently being linked to Rodón, which could bode well for the Mets’ pursuit of deGrom.

Meanwhile, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have interest in Rodón, too, as they pursue a wide variety of free-agent options.

Nov. 23: Rangers among ‘most serious suitors’ for Rodón
After trading for Jake Odorizzi and re-signing Martín Pérez via the qualifying offer, the Rangers are continuing their search for starting pitching help.

With Jon Gray under contract for three more years, Pérez back and Odorizzi in the fold, the Rangers have two more rotation spots to fill. Dane Dunning, Glenn Otto and Cole Ragans are among the top internal candidates for those spots, but Texas is looking to make another big splash on the free-agent market after signing Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Gray a year ago.

The club has been linked to free agents Jacob deGrom and Kodai Senga, and MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi hears Texas is “among the most serious suitors” for Rodón.

Per Morosi, the Dodgers and Mets also have Rodón on their radar, and the Giants haven't ruled out trying to bring him back.

MLB Trade Rumors recently predicted that Rodón will sign a five-year, $140 million contract (a $28 million average annual value), though MLB Network insider Jon Heyman has reported that the left-hander is seeking $35 million per year or more.

Rodón is also tied to Draft compensation (as is deGrom) after declining the Giants’ qualifying offer. The Rangers would need to forfeit their second-highest selection in the following year's Draft, as well as $500,000 from their international bonus pool, to sign a QO free agent.

Nov. 10: Is Rodón a better fit for Rangers than deGrom?
The Rangers’ trade for Jake Odorizzi on Wednesday could be one of several rotation additions the team makes this offseason. Free agent Martín Pérez is a candidate to return, perhaps on the qualifying offer, and the team is also reportedly eyeing some of the top names on the market.

Sources told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that the Rangers have made contact with the representatives for Rodón, Jacob deGrom and Kodai Senga.

deGrom’s camp has let the Rangers know he is interested in them, too, according to a report from MLB Network insider Jon Heyman via the New York Post. However, Heyman suggests Rodón may prove to be a better fit because his age better lines up with Texas’ projected window to contend.

deGrom is four years older than Rodón, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Dec. 10. Even if they are aggressive in free agency, the Rangers may not be ready to seriously contend until 2024, at which point deGrom would be 35 going on 36.

Senga, a Japanese free agent, will also turn 30 this winter.

Nov. 6: Rodón opts out; what's next?
As expected, Rodón has opted out of the final year on his two-year deal with the Giants. Rodón was due to be paid $22.5 million next season, but he gained the ability to opt out after pitching more than 110 innings in 2022.

The Giants will likely extend Rodón a one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer before Thursday’s deadline, though he will probably decline that. He could find his way back to the Giants on a long-term deal as San Francisco does have a lot of payroll flexibility this offseason. The Rangers are reportedly interested in the left-hander (subscription required), and they could be joined by the Yankees and Mets.  MLB.com's Mark Feinsand said both New York clubs will both be players in the free-agent pitching market this winter. That's especially true for the Mets, who face the prospect of losing Jacob deGrom, Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker on the open market. 

The 29-year-old Rodón was dominant this past season, recording a 2.88 ERA and 237 strikeouts over a career-high 178 innings.

Oct. 22: Rangers expected to make run at Rodón?
The Rangers were among the most aggressive teams in free agency a year ago, signing Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Jon Gray for $556 million in guaranteed money. After finishing 68-94 and parting ways with president of baseball operations Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward, Texas could be busy again this offseason, especially when it comes to improving its pitching staff.

Citing talks with a person familiar with the team's thinking, The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly reported (subscription required) Saturday that the Rangers are expected to “make a hard push” for Rodón, assuming he opts out of his contract.

The Rangers have a clear need for a frontline starter. Texas had the fourth-worst ERA (4.22) in the American League in 2022, and with Martín Pérez’s one-year deal set to expire, the club lacks proven arms behind Gray.

Oct. 7: Zaidi expects Rodón to opt out
Addressing the team’s offseason plans on Friday, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants “fully expect” Rodón to opt out of his contract to test free agency.

Rodón was a free agent last offseason, too, before signing a two-year, $44 million deal with San Francisco in March, with the ability to opt out after one year if he reached 110 innings in 2022.

His stock is much higher now than it was after last season.

Although he posted a 2.37 ERA with a 12.6 K/9 over 132 2/3 innings with the White Sox in 2021, there were lingering questions about his durability, as well as his ability to sustain his elite performance. Rodón underwent Tommy John surgery in 2019 and had a lifetime 4.14 ERA with an 8.8 K/9 and a 3.9 BB/9 entering 2021. He also dealt with left shoulder fatigue toward the end of last year's breakout campaign.

But Rodón quieted concerns with another excellent season. The 29-year-old finished 2022 with a career-high 178 innings and recorded a 2.88 ERA with 237 K’s, which will make him one of the most coveted starters on the market (assuming he opts out).

Zaidi said there is "mutual interest" in a return, but he would likely need to step outside his comfort zone to re-sign Rodón. Since Zaidi joined the Giants in November 2018, the longest deal the club has reached with a free-agent pitcher is a three-year, $36 million pact with Anthony DeSclafani.