The Chicago White Sox decided not to extend Carlos Rodon a qualifying offer on Sunday’s deadline. If an offer was extended and accepted, Rodon would have made $18.4 million during the 2022 season.
This is the second year in a row Rodon did not receive a qualifying offer from the White Sox. After not receiving one last offseason, Rodon ended up re-signing with the White Sox.
However, 2021 was an excellent season for the former first-round pick. Rodon was a first-time MLB All-Star and accumulated 5.0 BWAR. He went 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA in 132.2 innings, his largest workload since 2018. Rodon was absolutely eclectic during the first half of the season. He threw a no-hitter and won countless big starts before the dog days of summer set in.
But even with the aforementioned success, it all came crashing down again. Rodon started to struggle, his velocity dipped, and he began to miss starts as the season wore on due to the return of injury bug that has plagued him his whole career. Once thought in the 2021 season to be a Cy Young caliber starter, Rodon dwindled away after the injuries set in.
The White Sox have several hard decisions to make this offseason. Now that Carlos Rodon is gone, the Sox rotation consists of Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Dylan Cease. Dallas Keuchel struggled mightily in the 2021 season and it looks like Michael Kopech could take a spot in the starting rotation.
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