The Chicago White Sox need to bolster their starting rotation. Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Michael Kopech, and Lucas Giolito are four pitchers that have proven to be great at different times. If they can all bring it in 2023, one more great pitcher would make it a very good starting rotation.
For some reason, they didn’t even extend a qualifying offer to Carlos Rodon after he was one of the best American League pitchers in 2021. He ended up signing a nice deal with the San Francisco Giants in 2022 and was even better for them.
The thing that was nice for Rodon in his last year with the White Sox was his health. We were able to see that third-overall pick talent that we knew was always in there.
He had some fatigue at the end of the year but that was because it was the first time in half a decade that he made it to the end.
The Chicago White Sox should be should consider bringing Carlos Rodon back.
With the Giants in 2022, his body was clearly ready to make a lot of starts and it showed. He might just appear on the Cy Young ballot and should finish no lower than fifth thanks to his 5.4 WAR, 2.88 ERA, 1.028 WHIP, and 237 strikeouts over 178.0 innings pitched.
At this point, you can’t call Rodon anything other than an elite pitcher. The Chicago White Sox should try to bring him back if he does in fact opt out of his deal with the San Francisco Giants which is certainly possible and maybe even likely.
He would probably come in and be the number two guy behind Dylan Cease but there is even an argument to be made that he would actually be the ace. It would depend on how the 2023 season shook out for both of them. Cease would certainly start on Opening Day for the Sox.
That is something that would be great for the White Sox though. Having multiple pitchers that can be an ace is certainly a good thing. Now, imagine that Michael Kopech takes another step while both Lynn and Giolito return to form for a whole year. That could be something special.
The White Sox should make adding another starter their priority for their offseason and few are as gifted as Rodon. It would be nice to see them get it done.