Left-handed starting pitcher Carlos Rodon has officially opted out of his contract with the San Francisco Giants. Rodon will enter the free agency as one of the top starting pitchers on the market.
Rodon spent 2022 building on an impressive 2021 season. The lefty threw a career high 178 innings in 31 starts for the Giants. Over those 31 starts Rodon struck out a career high 237 hitters, while only issuing 55 walks. He finished with a 2.88 ERA. It was his second consecutive season posting a sub-3 ERA.
After spending his first seven seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Rodon entered free agency for the first time during the 2021 offseason. He wound up signing with the Giants on a two year, $44M deal that included a player option for year two. Had Rodon stuck it out with the Giants he would have earned $22.5M in 2023 per Spotrac.
Rodon’s market in free agency will undoubtably include many top suiters. Pitching is always at a premium and forgoing $22.5M in 2023 means that Carlos Rodon is looking for not only a large pay day but a longer term contract in his next deal.