The right-hander broke out in a big way in 2019 as he led the White Sox rotation throughout the season.
In 29 starts, Giolito registered a 3.41 ERA, 3.43 FIP, and 1.064 WHIP with a career-best 11.6 K/9 as compared to 2.9 BB/9.
At 25-years-old, the former Nationals’ pitcher is likely only going to get better from here on out, making him a very strong candidate to give an extension to.
This season is the last one where he’ll make roughly the league minimum as he is heading to arbitration next offseason and will be a free agent after the 2023 season.
To avoid that, the White Sox could give him an extension now that would give him a little more money this season, but could possibly give the organization extra seasons of control and save the team money down the road.
Obviously, there is still some fear he could regress as anyone theoretically could, but his former top prospect status should ease those worries.
Currently, the team only has one starter under a long-term contract in rotation (Dallas Keuchel), so the White Sox could certainly afford to give their ace a big commitment.
While the White Sox could wait another year to see if Giolito can repeat his 2019 success, they really should consider giving him a long-term deal now.