As mentioned before with Reynaldo Lopez, there is a lot of competition for spots in the White Sox starting rotation in the long term. Lucas Giolito figures to be there in the long term, Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease are going to be given every opportunity to reach that level of importance, and Dallas Keuchel will play out the duration of his contract. That could make Carlos Rodon expendable at this point in his career.
Rodon and the White Sox might both benefit from a change of scenery. He has been hit hard by the injury bug over his career. He was the White Sox third overall pick in 2014 so the potential is there but he hasn’t been able to stay on the field. His latest injury-hit was Tommy John surgery early on in the 2019 season. That canceled him for the rest of that season and if this was a normal 2020 season he would be just getting back around this time.
There might be a team that sees his potential and gives him a chance to stay healthy. It would probably be a good team that has a spot open for another starting pitcher in their rotation. The White Sox needs the starting pitching to come through as well but there are so many options on the way. We haven’t even mentioned this year’s draft, where they selected five pitchers in the five rounds. Moving Rodon for some younger future assets might really help them out if the opportunity presented itself.