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Dodgers Rumors: Insider Sees Carlos Rodon as Someone LA Can Explore in Right Scenario

With the Dodgers on the hunt for starting pitching this offseason, they’ve been linked on some level to pretty much every free-agent starter on the market. One name that seemingly hasn’t gotten as much play as the others is Carlos Rodon, who has been outstanding the last two years after being pretty mediocre his first six seasons with the White Sox.

But MLB insider Jon Morosi was on MLB Network on Wednesday, and he says Rodon could be on L.A.’s radar after all.

“We’ve talked this week about [Jacob] deGrom and [Justin] Verlander, and I think a lot of the same teams are in there on Carlos Rodon as well, following his very strong season with the San Francisco Giants. Teams like the Dodgers, the Rangers, the Mets as a fall back option if they don’t get Jacob deGrom or Verlander,” Morosi said. “Keep a very close eye on the Carlos Rodon market. He in some ways might be able to get a longer term deal than either deGrom or Verlander because he’s younger.”

Rodon declined a qualifying offer from the Giants, which means the Dodgers would lose their second and fifth picks in next year’s draft and $1 million in international bonus money if they signed him. The same applies to deGrom, who declined the Mets’ offer. Verlander was ineligible for a QO, so he wouldn’t come with those penalties.

Still, if Rodon can be as good as he was the last two seasons, he’d absolutely be worth the penalties.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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  1. Makes more sense than Degrom and Verlander, but not as much giving Tyler Anderson a 3 year deal for 45. It will be surprising if they make a competitive offer, they haven’t made one yet.

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