Even outside of deGrom, the Mets rotation, in general enters the offseason filled with questions. The lone player locked in under contract is Max Scherzer, who will turn 39 during next season. From there, Chris Bassitt, Taijuan Walker, and Carlos Carrasco could all possibly be elsewhere.
If the Mets are not able to retain deGrom in particular, the top of the starting pitching staff will need as good of an external replacement as possible.
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Could the Mets make a play for Carlos Rodon?
One of if not the best way the Mets can fill deGrom’s potential void is with San Francisco Giants star left-hander, Carlos Rodon. He has a player opt-out, he will likely exercise.
A very exciting component Rodon offers is his younger age. He is 29 and turns 30 years old in December.
Rodon has eight years of major league experience. He spent his first seven years, from 2015-21, with the Chicago White Sox. The organization drafted him third overall in the 2014 MLB draft. His best season with them was his final one in 2021. In just 24 starts, Rodon posted a 13-5 win-loss total with a 2.37 ERA (career-best), 185 strikeouts (7.7 per start), and a .189 batting average against.
He built on that career year with another stellar season in 2022. Rodon started a career-high of 31 games, finishing 14-8 (career-best win total), a 2.88 ERA, and his highest innings pitched amount with 178 and 237 strikeouts (7.7 per start). He concluded the year with a 1.03 WHIP, the 15th-best in baseball.
Rodon has made the last two All-Star games with his success. In 2022, he threw for at least 10 strikeouts in 11 games. He finished third in the MLB in strikeouts this last year, his 2.88 ERA finished 13th, and his 14 wins tied for 15th. Lastly, his batting average against was .202, which tied for eighth in the MLB.
The expectation is that Steve Cohen is primed to spend big this offseason for the Mets after recently falling short.
In terms of annual average per year, Rodon will likely cost a good amount less than deGrom. The years will probably be similar as well. Despite Rodon’s younger age, he has only been dominant for two years and has some past injuries. There is a good chance Rodon ends up with a five or six-year deal.
Ultimately, if the Mets end up losing deGrom, Rodon is a great option to have to replace him alongside Scherzer at the top of the rotation. Rodon’s past two years of success and younger age give him quality value to the Mets if they attempt to make a strong play for him.