29-year-old pitcher Carlos Rodón declined the $19.65 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, making him a free agent.
With Rodón now free to sign with any team, we asked fans if they think the Dodgers should pick him up. Here’s what they had to say.
We need serious help from excellent starting pitchers on the mound! Go #Dodgers!!
— SteveBalladeer ???????? (@RomanceNSorrow) November 26, 2022
He’s really good and don’t think he’s even peaked yet. Would absolutely thrive at dodger stadium too and then flame out in the postseason. Sign him up
— dominick decocco (@BenDove007) November 26, 2022
Rodón has consistently produced over the last two years. He finished fifth and sixth, in the Cy Young voting over the last two years and also earned his second consecutive all star game selection last season.
He is coming off one of his best seasons after throwing 178 innings and putting up a 2.88 ERA. He led the league in FIP (2.25) and strikeouts per nine (12).
I say 100% yes but with all the teams interested I don't see that happening
— angel mireles (@AngelMireles18) November 26, 2022
After delivering great back-to-back seasons, the pitcher has become highly sought after. There are several other free agent landing spots for Rodon including the Rangers, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Cubs, and Red Sox.
With that in mind, some fans were also weary of costs.
It depends on Dollars and terms more tha 5yr or 22-3 mm no was. We have too many pitchers in AAA and AA ready or almost ready for the show. We have to pay Buehler and Urias real soon.
— kingznut (@kingznut) November 26, 2022
Yes 100% yes. His contract won't be in the DeGrom / Verlander category and it allows the Dodgers to sign a top end starting pitcher and other areas of need like SS. Enter Dansby Swanson. If you can get both players then you can address the other needs as well cost effectively
— DeeWreck Texas (@CrowdVanier) November 26, 2022
FanGraphs has Rodón projected to receive a five-year deal worth between $120 to $135 million. This would be the first Andrew Friedman would give out that kind of contract to a pitcher.
LA now has remaining key pitchers like Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias in rotation after Tyler Anderson signed with the Angels. The Dodgers should be in the market for at least one pitcher this winter and adding in the left handed pitcher would only elevate their starting rotation.
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