The San Francisco Giants reportedly signed free-agent starting pitcher Carlos Rodon to a two-year, $44M contract Friday, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The deal includes an opt-out option after the first season of the contract.
He wasn’t extended a qualifying offer from the Chicago White Sox this fall, and Chicago won’t receive any draft pick compensation, as a result. Rodon spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Chicago White Sox and appeared in his first All-Star Game last year.
The 29-year-old southpaw recorded a sterling 2.37 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 34.6 strikeout percentage last year, which were all career-best marks. Relocating to pitcher-friendly Oracle Park also projects to help Rodon build on his true breakout campaign in 2022.
He finished fifth in American League Cy Young voting, as among starting pitchers with at least 130 innings pitched he paced the AL in ERA, strikeouts per nine innings (12.6), strikeout rate and batting average (.189) and slugging percentage (.306) allowed.
Rodon will pair with right-handed starting pitcher Logan Webb at the front of the San Francisco rotation and provide the team with an excellent one-two punch heading into the 2022 season.
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Signing with San Francisco doesn’t leave the White Sox’s rotation too short handed, though.
Chicago has righties Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez, and lefty Dallas Keuchel still in the fold to start.
Giants World Series Odds
DraftKings Sportsbook: +2500
FanDuel Sportsbook: +2200
Caesars Sportsbook: +2200
White Sox World Series Odds
Caesars Sportsbook: +1200
DraftKings Sportsbook: +1100
FanDuel Sportsbook: +1100
The odds for the White Sox to win the World Series shouldn’t be impacted by the Rodon signing since he hasn’t been in their plans for months. However, there could be a ripple effect in the Giants’ future markets, especially if bettors weigh in promptly with San Francisco futures wagers.