As was expected, the veteran left-hander chose to exercise his opt-out clause.
Once again, Rodon is a free agent and will garner a ton of interest from teams in need of an ace.
This season, Rodon went 14-8 in 31 starts with a 2.88 ERA.
The Giants went 81-81 on the heels of a surprise 107-win campaign in 2021, falling short of the postseason for the fifth time in the last six years.
Now, the Giants could find themselves without their start left-hander leading the rotation in 2023.
Carlos Rodón has officially opted out of his contract and is now a free agent.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) November 6, 2022
What Will Rodon’s Market Look Like?
Rodon will certainly be a hot commodity on the free agent market.
There are so many teams that could have a potential fit for him.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be without Walker Buehler for the entire 2023 season, so an opening at the top of their starting rotation could present itself.
There’s nothing saying that he won’t return to the Giants either.
He and Logan Webb formed a solid one-two punch at the top of San Francisco’s rotation this season, and it would be beneficial for the Giants to keep that duo intact.
Another possibility could be the St. Louis Cardinals, who need a true No. 1 at the top of their rotation.
Re-signing Adam Wainwright was a good move, but having somebody to go with him at the top would give St. Louis a scary rotation.
Rodon opting out was to be expected, and now we’ll have to wait and see where he signs this offseason.