3 Chicago White Sox off-season misses that hurt them

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Letting Carlos Rodon Walk

The Chicago White Sox could really use Carlos Rodon in their rotation right now.

There were plenty of red flags surrounding Carlos Rodon. An injury-riddled past and unproven track record are among two of the biggest concerns.

Rodon had a breakout season in 2021. He posted a 2.37 ERA recorded a career-high 185 strikeouts, was selected to his first All-Star team, and threw a no-hitter.

Quality left-handed starters are a hot commodity. After having a career-year Rodon was in line for a big payday. It was understandable that he may have been out of the White Sox price range. But Rick Hahn did not even extend him a qualifying offer.

Rodon ended up taking his talents to the San Fransico Giants. The White Sox replacements for Rodon included a patchwork job of Vince Velasquez and Johnny Cueto to take over the fifth starter duties.

Rodon has been incredible for the Giants. He is 3-0 with a microscopic 1.17 ERA, he also has 38 strikeouts in just four starts, highlighted by a 12 strikeout performance against the Miami Marlins.

Seeing how banged up the White Sox rotation was to start the season, Rodon would be a nice luxury to have. Time will tell if his left shoulder will hold up for a full season. But if it does, not doing more to bring back Rodon will be one of the White Sox’s biggest whiffs of the offseason.