The Chicago White Sox have non-tendered Carlos Rodon and Nomar Mazara.
The Chicago White Sox have announced that they are not tendering the contracts of Carlos Rodon or Nomar Mazara. It was a tough 2020 campaign for both of them and it has led to the White Sox making this move. Rick Hahn has stated that they will evaluate any future fits for the organization as the offseason progresses but it doesn’t seem likely that they will be back. It is more than likely that they will both be with new organizations by 2021 Opening Day.
Carlos Rodon was a very high draft pick for the White Sox a few years ago. It was once thought that he would be a great number three starter behind Chris Sale and Jose Quintana but now none of them are there anymore. Injuries have led to his downfall in his career but the hope is that a change of scenery will reinvigorate him.
Nomar Mazara was acquired last offseason to be the new right fielder. That experiment failed as he wasn’t very good during the 2020 season. They needed to let him go so they can have a clear spot open for him in right field. There are some fantastic options out there on the trade market and in free agency right now to be his replacement and they will certainly go down all avenues.
Both of these positions are ones that are general needs for the White Sox. They need another good starter and a right fielder so letting these two go shows they are serious about getting those positions upgraded. It is an exciting offseason for the White Sox but that means that some players we like have to go.
There probably aren’t many White Sox fans who feel sorry about Mazara but seeing Rodon go will be a little bit sad. He was a White Sox drafted that had great talent coming in. Injuries and the team’s direction just never really worked in his favor. Either way, it is good that the team is just trying to get better in the end.