MLB Rumors: AL Team To Make "Hard Push" For Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon had to bet on himself in 2022. There were concerns about his injury history leading teams to be a little wary of offering him a market-value contract last winter. So he signed a 2-year deal with the San Francisco Giants for $44M with an opt-out after this season. 

All he did was go out and start a career-high 31 games, while posting another highly-effective 2.88 ERA along with a 1.03 WHIP and a whopping 237 strikeouts for a major league-leading 12 K/9. He also earned his 2nd consecutive All-Star nod. 

Rodon is now in line for a huge payday, and according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, the Texas Rangers have him on their radar. 
I’ve heard from a source familiar with the club’s thinking that (the Rangers) expect to make a hard push for left-hander Carlos Rodón.

The Rangers, of course, spent over half a billion dollars on free agents last winter, mainly on offense, securing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien for $325M and $175M respectively. Pitching will be their focus this time around, and money will not be a hindrance to the Texas pursuit of the 29-year-old left-hander. 

The contracts signed by free agent pitchers Robbie Ray and Kevin Gausman, both in a similar age-range as Rodon, will undoubtedly act as comps for Rodon's agents. Each of those pitchers signed for at or in excess of 5-years, $110M. 

Should be another explosive offseason in Texas. 

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