Carlos Rodon is worth considering for the Mets rotation
The moment Carlos Rodon didn’t get a qualifying offer from the Chicago White Sox he shot up the list of possible additions for the Mets to make. The team has stayed away from signing anyone with the QO attached to their name. The loss of draft pick in the first round was far too great to give up when they had so many other places to pivot.
Rodon was one of several quality pitches to go unsigned through the first round of the offseason prior to the lockout. Coming off a splendid season in Chicago, he strikes me as the kind of guy the Mets might favor adding even on a high-priced one-year contract.
Minus a lefty in their rotation—unless you have David Peterson penciled in to start—it wouldn’t hurt for the Mets to circle all of the best available free agent lefty starters still out there.
Rodon isn’t perfect. There are concerns. Last season, his 13-5 record and 2.37 ERA were such an outlier from what he did in previous seasons. The fact that he has never gone over 165 innings and only topped 140 frames once before should give the team a little caution.
A lot of Rodon reminds me of Taijuan Walker. The potential has always been there. Injuries got in the way between some flashes of greatness. We’d only have to hope he doesn’t suffer the same fate as Walker with a drastic fall-off in the second half.