1. Carlos Rodón
How about another depth starter whose ceiling is a No. 2? Come on down, Carlos Rodón! For crying out loud, at the very least, this team could use the left-hander’s intensity. Since we didn’t exactly get the fire-breathing Gerrit Cole from the 2019 Houston Astros, which is what we thought we were paying for, Rodón can supplement that following his first All-Star season.
The current free agent re-signed with the Chicago White Sox on a one-year deal last offseason after a number of injury-plagued seasons, but finally delivered to the best of his abilities. He missed a portion of the season due to arm and shoulder issues, but logged a 2.37 ERA and 0.96 WHIP across 27 starts, striking out an insane 185 batters in 132.2 innings. He finally lived out a portion of his potential.
We don’t usually advocate for players with a laundry list of injury concerns, but Rodón could dual as a depth piece or co-ace at a much cheaper price than what we’ve seen guys like Gausman and Robbie Ray go for. Unfortunately, Rodón is a client of Scott Boras, but we’re just not sure how much leverage the super agent has after his client has made just 55 starts since the beginning of 2017.
If the Bombers can do a chunky-ish short-term deal with Rodón, we’re sure fans would be way more on board with paying for his potential than, say, dropping $11 million on Corey Kluber when finances are tight. This is the risk move you make, given the circumstances and clear evidence you have from the prior campaign.
And we’d really hate if he went to the Red Sox. That’s got Cy Young season written all over it.