How Carlos Rodon’s Deceitful Contract Created a ‘Wedge’ in Business Talks

Al-Zaidi explains how Rodon’s unsubscribe led to a “wedge” in trade talks originally on NBC Sports Bayarea.

SAN FRANCISCO – At the bottom of the fifth inning on July 21 at Dodger Stadium, Carlos Rodon asked Freddy Freeman to fly into the center and Will Smith to fly left. He got two hits on Justin Turner and then flipped into a curve ball in which third baseman Dodgers appeared weakly to the right. Rodon watched his landing in Luis Gonzalez’s gauntlet then slowly return to the visiting bunker.

For the 53,000 attendees and national audience watching on TV, it was a very routine role. For Rodon, it was too big.

Rodon came to San Francisco in part because of the creative structure of his two-year contract. The Giants gave him the ability to pull out of the deal after 2022 if he hits 110 runs, and Rodon did so on the first night of the second half.

He could – and almost certainly will – pull out of his deal after the season, and as the Giants have been scouring the trading market this week, they found that was complicated. Giants baseball head Farhan Zaidi wasn’t actively seeking out Rodon, but as the Giants fell out of the standings in July, he got plenty of phone calls and took a “very open” approach to the deadline.

Rodon eventually stayed orange and black, and on Friday’s Giants Talk podcast, Zaidi explained how the opt-out clause complicated discussions that might have seemed more straightforward from the outside.

“It created an interesting wedge in those discussions,” Al-Zaidi said. “First of all we are good about (Rodon’s) health and he hasn’t had any issues this year and obviously he’s done really well for us. But if he succeeds at the end of the year and he chooses, we have the ability to extend the qualifying bid. We will definitely have discussions about bringing him back (in a deal). new.) He was a great giant.

“When you look at an acquired team, they lose the ability to qualify it so they don’t have that potential payoff, and I think teams acquisition was concerned about player choice that basically acts as an insurance policy for the player, which is really what those players options are. We were obviously prepared. To take our chances because we believed in his ability to help us and stay healthy.”

Understandably, the Giants put a heavy price on Rodon, who easily stood as the best starting pitcher available after Luis Castillo and Frankie Montas traded for the Mariners and Yankees, respectively. The industry consensus was that the Reds and A did well on those deals, and the Giants should have been able to get a good package for Rodon.

But more and more, front offices became risk averse, and Rodon brought what some competing evaluators considered a major complication. If he stays healthy, he’ll quit. If injured, he can simply pick $22.5 million from his 2023 option and take another photo at a free agency a year later. It wasn’t a real rental, but it also wasn’t under the club’s control until 2023, as were Castillo and Montas.

You can make a strong case that this is all overthinking and that some other front office may regret their decision. Rodón leads all novice shooters in the FanGraphs version of Wins Above Replacement and is the type of powerful bowler who can start Game 1 of any competitor’s playoff series. Every bowler presents an injury risk, but if you’re going to be playing with swings, you should do it with someone who can help you win the title.

The Giants signed Rodon for this, and were able to get him on a two-year deal due to some shoulder pain in 2021 that limited his market. But Rodon has been in good health all year and has taken the ball every five days. If he keeps doing that, he’ll pull out and try to match the deals of Robbie Ray ($115 million) or Kevin Gossman ($110 million) from his last off season.

Zeddy said the Giants would consider keeping him in the long-run, and at least recoup the enlistment choice compensation if Rodon rolls around, just as they did with Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith after a similar deadline in 2019. This could end up being a bit of a tie What wasn’t there on Tuesday, the Giants never got the kind of offer that would make them trade their best player, in part due to a pullback that Zaidi described as “realistic complexity”.

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On Tuesday, everyone involved said they were happy with how everything went. The Giants then lost their next three matches, dropping 6 1/2 matches from last place NL Posteason. They may eventually look back on August 2 and feel it was a missed opportunity, but Al-Zaidi said the prospect of a full sale never existed.

This appears to be supported by what happened elsewhere, most notably in Chicago. The Cubs, in a complete rebuilding process, dangled Wilson Contreras and Ian Hap for months but ended up trading either player.

“I think for the sake of our long-term image, we had to be open about (the trades), but we had to incur a high cost of pulling back this year, to weaken our chances this year with (trading) some of the players that could have had them,” Al-Zaidi said. An impact on players on other teams and they are influential players for us.” “It was an interesting deadline. I think when you compare it to last year – although there were obviously some headlines (this year) – you didn’t quite see the scale of the movements.

“Some of the teams I would have categorized as pure sellers, which we definitely weren’t sticking with, some players stuck in, even some players with expired contracts and that was a bit surprising. But I think that speaks a little bit about the fact that it wasn’t quite a sellers market. As it was last year.”

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